This keynote speech from Prof. Michel Kazatchkine, Executive Director of the Global Fund, is excellent. Advancing human rights and increasing the involvement of civil society in health systems walk hand and hand. But more hands are now needed to push past barriers so that all people can reach universal access, and make the Right to Health a global reality.
“Dear members of the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, Dear friends and colleagues in the fight against AIDS and fellow human rights advocates; Ladies and gentlemen, Good evening: Bonsoir: Let me first extend my very warm thanks to Richard Elliott and the Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network for inviting me to give the keynote address as part of this 2nd Annual Symposium on HIV, Law and Human Rights.(2) And allow me to add my congratulations to the winner of the Award for Action on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights, Ralf Jürgens. It is always a pleasure to be among friends in the global health and human rights community who are doing such tremendously important work. I wish to dedicate my remarks to two champions for human rights.”