US: South Africa honours UNAIDS chief for global AIDS response

New York, US (PANA) - The University of Kwazulu-Natal, in Durban, South Africa, has conferred
an honourary degree on the Executive Director of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS
(UNAIDS), Mr. Michel Sidibe, in recognition of his contribution to the global response to ending the AIDS epidemic.

A UNAIDS statement, made available to PANA in New York on Tuesday, said Mr. Sidibe was
awarded a Doctor of Administration from the university’s College of Law and Management
Studies during the university's graduation ceremony.

The university said Mr. Sidibe's leadership and advocacy had led to an unprecedented global commitment to the AIDS response.

The UNAIDS chief, in his acceptance speech, said: "This is my first honourary doctorate from an African university, and I am exceptionally delighted to be honoured by the university."

He urged the university's students to have passion for everything they do, to show compassion for others at all times and to share their knowledge generously.

Dr. Kriben Pillay, Dean of Teaching and Learning, College of Law and Management Studies, at the university, stated: "Mr. Sidibe's global advocacy has firmly secured the response to HIV at the top of the political agenda in South Africa."

Dr. Pillay also said the UNAIDS chief has played a key role in supporting South Africa's HIV plan and programmes through his personal advocacy and guidance.

The University of KwaZulu-Natal is renowned for its excellence in scholarship, innovation and community engagement, and it is home to the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa, which is a UNAIDS Collaborating Centre for HIV Research and Policy.
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