During a business trip to Asia, UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador, Victoria Beckham, took the opportunity to raise awareness about the region’s AIDS epidemic. In meetings with business leaders, she urged them to increase private sector involvement in the response to HIV to help end the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
Victoria Beckham met with people living with HIV during a visit to the UNAIDS country office in Beijing. She heard from the group that despite progress many people still face stigma and discrimination because of their HIV status. She re-affirmed her support for UNAIDS’ campaign to reach zero discrimination against people living with HIV.
During her trip, Victoria was also a guest of honour at a Hong Kong event organized by the Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR), which was also attended by long-standing UNAIDS supporters, Serge Dumont and actress, Michelle Yeoh.
Since her appointment as UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador in 2014, Victoria has used her business and media platforms to raise awareness and funds for the AIDS response.
“Having someone like Victoria Beckham support me and everybody else affected by HIV is so encouraging and means so much.”
“AIDS continues to be a global issue and we all have a role to play as we move towards ending this epidemic. I am proud of my UNAIDS family and it has been another step in my education to spend time with Catherine Sozi and her team, learning about their challenges in Asia and how we can work together towards less discrimination and prejudice, and towards zero new HIV infections and zero AIDS-related deaths.”
“Victoria Beckham’s visit to China is an exciting opportunity to further engage with the business community to advance the AIDS response and end stigma and discrimination against those living with HIV.”
Catherine Sozi, UNAIDS Country Director