With World AIDS Day right around the corner on December 1, it is a good time to reflect on the three decades since AIDS was discovered. During that time, AIDS has posed one of the biggest threats to humanity. At the same time, the fight against this disease has emerged as one of the most successful global social movements. AIDS is much more than a medical challenge. It is an economic challenge, a challenge of poverty and inequality, and a challenge to people's way of life and dignity. As such, it is not only physicians and scientists who are tasked with fighting the spread of AIDS. Governments, businesses, NGOs, communities of people infected with HIV-the virus that causes AIDS-and the people who support them have driven efforts to move international politics to successfully fight against this disease at the global level. With this experience, the AIDS movement offers valuable lessons for dealing with the growing burden of noncommunicable diseases and other health challenges in developing countries as well as with other global issues, such as poverty and environmental degradation.

Peter Piot, whose memoir No Time to Lose: A Life in Pursuit of Deadly Viruses was published this year, will talk about his experience at the front lines of the fight against communicable diseases. As a young researcher in his 20s, Dr. Piot was part of a team that discovered the Ebola virus in Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of Congo). After that encounter, he dedicated himself to treating communicable diseases in Africa at a time when AIDS first started appearing on the scene, before the world even knew what this devastating new disease was. He went on to become the first executive director of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) when it was launched in 1996. Dr. Piot will tell his story-as a scientist, as a doctor, as the head of an international agency, and as an activist who understands the needs of communities around the world. In doing so, he will describe the current state of AIDS and explore what it is about this disease that has made the AIDS movement so successful.

What Japan do to deal with AIDS and other challenges we face in our society and around the world? One area where Japan has potential to contribute is through its corporate power. By taking appropriate measures against communicable diseases, corporations can protect their employees, increase productivity, and achieve their social mission. At the same time, these measures open up new frontiers in corporate social responsibility and business development. Thus, the second half of the seminar will turn to the private sector response to AIDS and feature the case of Toyota Motors South Africa and its groundbreaking efforts to fight AIDS in Africa.

As Japan prepares to host the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) next year, it is hoped that this seminar will allow participants to start applying lessons from the AIDS movement to other global challenges while maintaining strong momentum in the fight against this disease that still threatens every country around the world.

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Date and TimeThursday, November 29, 4:00-6:20 pm (followed by reception)
Doors open at 15:00
Maximum capacity250 persons (registration required, to be terminated as soon as all the seats are filled)
LanguageSimultaneous interpretation available in English and Japanese.
LocationNational Graduate Institute for Policy Studies (GRIPS), 1F Soukairou Hall
7-22-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo  ...Access (GRIPS Website)
Co-organizersInstitute of Developing Economies (IDE-JETRO);
Japan Center for International Exchange (JCIE) /Friends of the Global Fund, Japan (FGFJ)
In collaboration withJapan AIDS and Society Association
Japan Foundation for AIDS Prevention
RegistrationPlease register from the website. Click on the registration button to obtain the registration form. Please fill it in and submit by clicking on the send button. Acknowledgement of receipt will be sent to serve as your admission ticket. Deadline: 17:00 o'clock, November 26, 2012.

For further information, please contact:
IDE-JETRO Research Promotion Department (Ms. Ishigaki and Mr. Hashimoto)
TEL: 043-299-9536, FAX: 043-299-9726, e-mail:
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