Trudeau hosts AIDS conference starting today in Montreal – CP

Source: The Canadian Press
Sep 16, 2016 

OTTAWA _ A conference that hopes to find ways to raise $13 billion U.S. to replenish the Global Fund in its fight against AIDS begins today in Montreal.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is hosting the two day event, which includes UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, rock star Bono and billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates.

The event is designed to show Canadian leadership on the international stage ahead of what is expected to be Trudeau’s first address to the United Nations General Assembly next week.

Canada has already pledged $785 million toward the fight against AIDS.

One issue that is sure to be discussed at the event is a UN panel report that is calling for changes to international intellectual property rules that keep lower-priced generic drugs off the market longer.

Moon’s office expressed hope Thursday that the report helps push all stakeholders to ensure everyone has access to medicines.


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