[Ip-health] UNAIDS Press Statement: UNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its new Executive Director

Thiru Balasubramaniam thiru at keionline.org
Wed Aug 14 23:36:36 PDT 2019


PRESS STATEMENTUNAIDS welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its
new Executive Director

GENEVA, 14 August 2019—UNAIDS warmly welcomes the appointment of Winnie
Byanyima as its new Executive Director. Ms Byanyima has more than 30 years
of experience in political leadership, diplomacy and humanitarian

“I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as the Executive Director at such a
critical time in the response to HIV,” said Ms Byanyima. “The end of AIDS
as a public health threat by 2030 is a goal that is within the world’s
reach, but I do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead. Working
with all its partners, UNAIDS must continue to speak up for the people left
behind and champion human rights as the only way to end the epidemic.”

The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, appointed Ms
Byanyima as the UNAIDS Executive Director and United Nations
Under-Secretary-General following a comprehensive selection process that
involved a search committee constituted by members of the UNAIDS Programme
Coordinating Board. The UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations made
the final recommendation on the appointment to the Secretary-General.

Ms Byanyima brings a wealth of experience and commitment in harnessing the
power of governments, multilateral agencies, the private sector and civil
society to end the AIDS epidemic around the world. Ms Byanyima has been the
Executive Director of Oxfam International since 2013. Prior to that, she
served for seven years as the Director of Gender and Development at the
United Nations Development Programme.

Ms Byanyima began her career as a champion of marginalized communities and
women 30 years ago as a member of parliament in the National Assembly of
Uganda. In 2004, she became the Director of Women and Development at the
African Union Commission, working on the Protocol on the Rights of Women in
Africa, an international human rights instrument that became an important
tool for reducing the disproportionate effect of HIV on the lives of women
in Africa.

She holds an advanced degree in mechanical engineering (in energy
conservation and the environment) from the Cranfield Institute of
Technology and an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering from the
University of Manchester.

The Secretary-General wishes to extend his appreciation and gratitude to
the UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management and Governance, Gunilla
Carlsson, for her service as the Executive Director, a.i.


Thiru Balasubramaniam
Geneva Representative
Knowledge Ecology International
41 22 791 6727
thiru at keionline.org

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