International Symposium: From Okinawa to Toyako: Dealing with Communicable Diseases As Global Human Security Threats

May 19, 2008

  1. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ), the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund), will hold an “International Symposium: From Okinawa to Toyako: Dealing with Communicable Diseases As Global Human Security Threats” in Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka on May 23 (Fri) and 24 (Sat).  The symposium will be held to discuss global health cooperation mainly on the three major infectious diseases and the Global Fund’s role in global health cooperation prior to the TICAD IV and the G8 Hokkaido Toyako Summit.  About 130 participants will attend the symposium both from Japan and abroad.  
     
  2. The symposium will be attended by Mr. Yasuo Fukuda, Prime Minister of Japan; Mr. Yoshiro Mori, Former Prime Minister of Japan; Mrs. Sadako Ogata, President of the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Dr. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of The Global Fund; Dr. Peter Piot, Executive Director of the UNAIDS; Mr. Masaharu Kono, Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs; and participants from the WHO, the World Bank, international agencies, governmental/regional agencies, academic institutions, foundations, and national and international NGOs concerned with the three major infectious diseases and global health.
     
  3. In the opening ceremony of the symposium, Prime Minister Fukuda will deliver a speech on Japan’s contribution through the Global Fund as well as its role in global health cooperation.
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