amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole and UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé (Photo courtesy of UNAIDS)
In recognition of his 30 years as a passionate champion for people living with HIV, amfAR Chairman Kenneth Cole has been appointed UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement was made at a press conference on the eve of the United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS in New York City, June 8−10.
“We are entering a crucial phase of the response to HIV and I know that Kenneth can make a significant and powerful contribution towards our shared vision of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030,” said Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS. “His commitment, compassion and resolve will magnify our efforts to include everyone and to ensure that no one is left behind.”
In his new role, Cole will work to rally the global community by continuing his longstanding efforts to advocate for an inclusive response to the AIDS epidemic. “I am confident that if people are put at the center of the AIDS response we can realize one of this century’s greatest humanitarian achievements—the end of the AIDS epidemic,” said Cole. “I am honored by this appointment as a UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador. It is my hope to help intensify efforts to end the epidemic for everyone, everywhere.”
Read the full UNAIDS press release here.