The opening session starts at 09:00 EDT tomorrow, 29 July
Kick off the conference by attending the opening session starting at 09:00 EDT (Eastern Daylight Time) tomorrow, 29 July, in Room 220 e/d or tuning in virtually on Channel 1.
Welcome to Canada by the Indigenous Knowledge Keepers
Sedalia Fazio, Canada
Michael Standup, IAS Group - CAAN, Canada
Introduction by the AIDS 2022 Master of Ceremonies
Omar Sharif Jr, actor, model, author and longtime LGBTQ+ advocate, Canada
Official opening of AIDS 2022 by the conference Co-Chairs
Jean-Pierre Routy, McGill University, Canada
Adeeba Kamarulzaman, IAS President and University of Malaya, Malaysia
Community welcome and address
Tim McCaskell, AIDS ACTION NOW!, Canada
Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS, Switzerland
Welcome remarks by the Canadian government
Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of International Development
A high-powered panel, including André Picard, Linda-Gail Bekker, Rachel Ong and John Nkengasong, discuss why and how the world must re-engage and follow the science to overcome the HIV epidemic as a threat to public health and individual well-being.
The session concludes with the unveiling of the AIDS Quilt, which celebrates the lives of thousands of people who have died due to AIDS, and a kaleidoscope of Canadian song by Barbara Lewis and Doug Balfour.
We are looking forward to seeing you there!
Learn more in the AIDS 2022 section of Healthndevelopment magazine and media www.healthndevelopment.com/Aids2022
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