UN staff member carries the Olympic flame

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Bianca Kopp being congratulated by UNODC head, Yuri Fedotov

A United Nations staff member, who was also a victim of a terrorist attack, was one of 8,000 people from all over the world selected to carry the Olympic Flame. Bianca Kopp works for the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Vienna. She was chosen by her managers because of her dedication to the Olympic theme of "Moment to Shine." Ms. Kopp survived a terrorist attack on the United Nations House in Abuja, Nigeria, on 26 August 2011. Twenty-five people died, including 12 UN staff members. After the attack, she stayed on to help her colleagues. Ms. Kopp spoke with Julie Walker about her portion of the Olympic Torch Relay which was in Portsmouth, Great Britain, on 15 July 2012.

 

Women from Botswana await AIDS testing

HIV testing in remote areas of Botswana

Botswana, in southern Africa, reportedly has one of the highest HIV and AIDS prevalence rates in the world, according to UNWOMEN. In a report prepared for UNWOMEN, Daljit Dhaliwal says women are hardest hit in rural areas, where they often struggle to access medical care. But strides, she says, are being made using new methods for delivering services and information to the hard-to-reach. The impact of HIV and AIDS on women is on the agenda of the XIX International Aids Conference taking place in Washington D.C. until the 27th of July.

 

XIX International Aids Conference logo

Breaking the stigma of living with HIV/AIDS

AIDS conferences, which occur every two years, are the premier gathering place for those working in the field of HIV. This year, the XIX International AIDS conference is taking place in Washington, DC, from the 22nd to the 27th of July. In this report prepared by Gerry Adams, Annah Sango, a 24 year old Zimbabwean who is living with the HIV virus, talks about the challenges people with AIDS, particularly women, face in accessing the care, treatment and support they need.

Presenter: Geraldine Adams
Assistant Producer: Beng Poblete-Enriquez
Duration: 10'00"

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