Who We Are

In signing the personal commitment, religious leaders are accountable to themselves, to each other, and to the people mentioned in the commitment. A number of organizations, several of whom helped organize the March 2010 Summit of High Level Religious Leaders on the Response to HIV, are committed to providing resources and opportunities to support religious leaders in fulfilling their commitment, including reporting on the commitment every 18 months.

A multifaith working group, with participation by key multilateral organizations and civil society partners, is promoting the personal commitment, providing support to religious leaders and others, and guiding the reporting process. The working group is facilitated by the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance:

Ms Ruth Messinger, Chair, Multi-Faith Working Group on Strengthening Religious Leadership in the Response to HIV; and President, American Jewish World Service

Dr Hesameddin Ashena, Head of Culture and Communication, Imam Sadiq University, Iran

Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Goodwill Ambassador on HIV and AIDS for Christian Aid, United Kingdom

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda, General Secretary, World Young Women’s Christian Association

Phramaha Boonchuay Doojai, Chairman, Asian Interfaith Network on HIV and AIDS, and Vice Rector, Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University, Thailand

Dr Anish Kumar Dua, The Art of Living Foundation, India

Anggia Ermarini, Secretary General, INTERNA and Secretary, Nahdatul Ulama (NU), Indonesia

Dr Asavari Herwadkar, India Coordinator, Asian Interfaith Network on HIV&AIDS (AINA)

Bishop Gerald A. Seale,  Spokesperson on HIV, World Evangelical Alliance

Bishop Gunnar J. Stälsett, Bishop Emeritus of Oslo and Moderator, European Council of Religious Leaders, World Conference of Religions for Peace

Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Vitillo, Head of International Delegation, Caritas Internationalis, Switzerland

Rev. Johannes Petrus Mokgethi-Heath, Executive Director, International Network of Religious Leaders Living with or Affected by HIV (INERELA+)

Edwin Nichols, Deputy Director, World AIDS Campaign

Dr Kevin Moody, International Coordinator/CEO, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+)

Sally Smith, Partnerships Adviser, UNAIDS


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(read story) 05/12/2011

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(read story) 28/11/2011

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(read story) 25/11/2011