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Statements from the 2017 Social Forum


"Promotion and protection of human rights in the context of the HIV epidemic and other communicable diseases and epidemics"



Monday, 2 October 2017

Opening of the Social Forum (video)

General statements by participants

Panel 1: Setting the scene: Implementing health related SDGs through a human rights perspective (video)
Moderator: Mr. Bat-Erdene Ayush, Chief, Right to Development Section, OHCHR

Keynote: Ms. Virginia Bras Gomez, Chair, United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Interactive Dialogue

Panel 2: Leaving no one behind: Discrimination and the realization of the right to health (video)
Moderator: Dr. Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director, UNAIDS


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Panel 3: Focus on people: The role of civil society in the context of epidemics (video)
Moderator: Dr. Lucica Ditiu, Executive Director, Stop TB Partnership, Geneva

Interactive Dialogue

Panel 4: Focus on people: Communities leading programmes for health (video)
Moderator: Ms. Christine Stegling, Executive-Director, International HIV/AIDS Alliance, Geneva

Interactive Dialogue

Panel 5: Health care workers on the frontline (video)
Moderator: Mr. Jim Campbell, Director, Health Workforce Department, World Health Organization (WHO)

Interactive dialogue

Panel 6: Building synergies for health: engaging diverse partners (video)
Moderator: H.E. Ms. Beatriz Londoño Soto, Permanent Representative of Colombia

Keynote: Mr. Kenneth Cole, UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador and Chair of the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR)


Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Panel 7: Translating principles into action: International cooperation for global responses and national implementation (video)
Moderator: Ms. Monica Ferro, Chief, UNFPA Office in Geneva

Interactive dialogue

Panel 8: Translating principles into action: Access to medicines, diagnosis, vaccines and treatment in the context of the right to health (video)
Moderator: Ms. Susan Mathews, Human Rights Officer, Right to Development Section, OHCHR

Interactive dialogue

Panel 9: The way forward (video)

Concluding Remarks from Participants (video)

Closure of the Social Forum

  • H.E. Mr. Yury Ambrazevich, Permanent Representative of Belarus, Co-Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Social Forum
  • H.E. Ms. Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Permanent Representative of Brazil, Co-Chairperson-Rapporteur of the Social Forum