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Press Briefing - Near verbatim transcript, Wednesday 02 March 2016

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Ladies and gentlemen, media and dear radio listeners, good morning, and welcome to our weekly press briefing brought to you live by Radio Miraya.

Today our special guest is Mrs. Mumtaz Mia, the UNAIDS Program advisor. UNAIDS is the joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS. The program is the main advocate for an accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Yesterday 1st March was the Zero Discrimination Day, the annual worldwide day promoting diversity and recognizing that everyone counts. Mumtaz will you tell more about the discrimination against, and the stigmatization of HIV positive individuals.

Mrs. Mumtaz is accompanied by Mr. Lole Laila Lole, the Chairperson of the South Sudan Network of People living with HIV and Ms. Evelyn Letio, Chairperson of the National Empowerment of Positive Women United (NEPWU).

Also, heads up for next week, we will celebrate Women’s Day which takes place on the 8th . Mrs.
Izeduwa Derex-Briggs, the Country representative of UN Women, will come and speak among other things of early child marriage.

But first allow me a few words on last week’s visits:

UN Chief and Deputy Chief OCHA visit South Sudan
UNSG: On 25 February, the meeting with President Kiir was an opportunity for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to stress one more time the importance of implementing the peace agreement as a matter of priority. He also welcomed the Government’s commitment to implement the transitional security arrangements for Juba in accordance with the earlier proposal of the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission (JMEC). The Secretary General reiterated the UN’s commitment to protection of civilians, and urged the Government to allow unfettered access to UN personnel and humanitarian partners.