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    28 November 2014


    UNODC to mark World Aids Day by projecting giant AIDS Ribbon on UN building

    VIENNA, 28 November (UN Information Service) - On 1 December, following a performance by Vienna-based singer David Rodriguez-Yanez to mark World AIDS Day, UNODC Deputy Executive Director Aldo Lale-Demoz will lead the audience to the UN plaza to project a 30m AIDS Ribbon, the global symbol for HIV/AIDS, onto Tower B at the Vienna International Centre. 

    Speaking about the forthcoming event, Deputy Executive Director Aldo Lale-Demoz said, "The AIDS ribbon is a globally recognised symbol that stands for our fight to eliminate HIV/AIDS by the year 2030."

    "By projecting the image of this powerful symbol, we are remembering those who have died, and the 35 million people who live daily with this terrible disease. But, we are also saying the world is united, we are working together and we will defeat HIV/AIDS," he added.

    The event is also aimed at raising awareness, and promoting understanding of UNODC's vital work on HIV's impact on people in prisons and people who use drugs.


    ·           Welcome and moderation by Monica Beg, Chief, HIV/AIDS Section, Drug Prevention and    Health Branch, UNODC

    ·           Performance by singer David Rodriguez-Yanez Performing (1) Stand up for love and (2) La vida es un carnival

    ·           Address by  Aldo Lale-Demoz, Deputy Executive Director, Director, Division for Operation and Global Coordinator for HIV/AIDS, UNODC

    WHEN:    Monday, 1 December 2014, from 16:30 onwards.

    WHERE:  Rotunda, Vienna International Centre followed by a gathering in the UN plaza. 

    Media representatives who wish to attend the event, and who are not accredited to the VIC, should contact

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    For further information on interviews and camera set up, please contact:

    David Dadge
    Spokesperson, UNODC
    Telephone: (+43- 1) 26060-5629
    Mobile: (+43) 699-1459-5629
    Email: david.dadge[at]