Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs

Brown Journal of World Affairs Features UNAIDS Leader among Spring/Summer Interviews and Essays

July 28, 2011

The spring/summer 2011 issue of the Brown Journal of World Affairs (BJWA) addresses the politics of HIV/AIDS – among such other key issues as the Lisbon Treaty and the aftermath of natural disasters – with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé’s commentary on the “Getting to Zero” campaign and the connection of AIDS prevention to human rights and gender equality issues.
 
Sidibé outlined UNAIDS’s efforts “to protect the human rights of the most vulnerable people, to foster their full participation in society and to enable their empowerment so that they can protect themselves from HIV and access services when they need them.” Asked about the incorporation of new technology into the UNAIDS strategy for 2010-2015, Sidibé expressed his hope that opportunities will arise “to develop applications that can deliver individualized and relevant HIV-related information…linked to prevention and treatment services.” To that end, UNAIDS’s social media site, AIDSpace, connects “people within the movement to allow members of the online community to build a stronger and more informed response,” Sidibé said.
 
Also in this issue: former Prime Minister of Italy Giuliano Amato on “a New Inter-Institutional Interplay after the Treaty of Lisbon,” former UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and Emergency Relief Coordinator John Holmes on “Humanitarian Response in the 21st Century,” and more.

Run by undergraduate students, the BJWA attracts contributions from leading scholars and policymakers in its mission to publish at the intersection of news and academic theory.
 
Anthony Badami ’11 and Melanie Garunay ‘11 are the outgoing editors of the journal. Incoming editors are Samuel Magaram '12 and Mustafa Safdar '12.

By Watson Institute Student Rapporteur Anna Andreeva '12