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Announcement! Living with HIV in Eastern Europe and the CIS: The Human Cost of Social Exclusion

New Regional Human Development Report to be released on 10 December in Moscow, at RIA Novosti news agency, 10.30 Moscow Time

in conjunction with World AIDS Day 2008 and the 60th anniversary of the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which also falls on 10 December


The spread of HIV represents a significant challenge to both individual rights and the inclusive socio-economic development of communities the world over. This is equally true in the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region, where the number of people living with HIV has more than doubled since 2001. Widespread stigma and discrimination remain an entrenched aspect of daily reality for each of the 1.5 million people living with the virus in the region.

In this regard, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) through this special Regional Human Development Report on AIDS in Eastern Europe and the CIS explores the human face of the epidemic, identifying the every day aspects of vulnerability and the nature and scope of livelihood challenges faced by people living with HIV in the region. Derived from primary qualitative research, the report calls for specific evidence-based responses to address these issues in a visible and compelling format.

What: Presentation of the report Living with HIV in Eastern Europe and the CIS: The Human cost of Social Exclusion and Panel discussion

When: Wednesday, 10 December 2008 from 10.30 to 12.00 Moscow Time

Where: RIA Novosti news agency, Moscow, RF

Panelists:
Ms. Kori Udovicki
, UN Assistant Secretary-General and UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the CIS,
Dr. Gennady Onischenko, the Head of the Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being
Mr. Vladimir Zhovtyak, Director of the Eastern European Network of People Living with HIV Organisations
Dr. Don Operario, Oxford University, lead author of the report
Mr. Mikhail Grishankov, First Deputy Chair of the State Duma Committee on Security, RF

UNDP and Report Team Experts available to Media:

Kori Udovicki
, UN Assistant Secretary-General and
UNDP Regional Director for Europe and the CIS,
Topic: General economic and human development situation in the region and consequences of the HIV epidemic, including linkages between human rights, HIV and human development;

Don Operario, Oxford University, lead author of the report
Topic: Key findings of the regional research initiative and the regional reports policy recommendations,

Jeffrey OMalley, Director of the UNDP Global AIDS Programme,
Topic: state of the global response to AIDS and international best practices in responding to the linkages between HIV and human development, human rights, governance, gender and sexual diversity.

Shombi Sharp, UNDP Regional HIV/AIDS Practice Leader for Europe and the CIS
Topic: state of the regional response to AIDS and regional aspects of the linkages between HIV and human development, human rights and gender.


For media enquiries, please contact:
Snizhana Kolomiiets, Moscow, +7 916 107 94 16 snizhana.kolomiiets@undp.org or
UNDP Newsroom, undp-newsroom@undp.org, +1 212 906 5381
Zoran Stevanovic, Bratislava, +4212 59337 428, zoran.stevanovic@undp.org

How to access the report: Journalists can access the Report online from December 10 at: http://europeandcis.undp.org/rhdr.aids2008 or in advance under strict embargo .

For broadcast-specific enquiries, please contact Boaz Paldi: boaz.paldi@undp.org Tel: +1 (212) 906-6801

About the Report: The analysis is underpinned by the findings of an innovative six-country research study conducted in collaboration with Oxford University and local social research institutes in Georgia, Uzbekistan, Russia, Ukraine, Estonia and Turkey, representing the range of epidemiological profiles in the region.

About UNDP: UNDP is the UN's global network to help people meet their development needs and build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working as a trusted partner with Governments, civil society and the private sector to help them build their own solutions to global and national development challenges. Further information can be found at www.undp.org

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