The Quezon City Government and UNAIDS Philippines Country Office signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on 25 May, which aims to accelerate and expand the city’s response to HIV and end its AIDS epidemic by 2030.

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The man known as Geng Le, who launched Blued, the world’s largest gay dating smartphone application, was a respected police officer in China almost 20 years before he left the force in 2009 after fellow officers objected to working with him because of his sexual orientation.

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The clean energy company Hanergy Holding Group and UNAIDS have agreed to cooperate on philanthropic and corporate responsibility initiatives to achieve zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths in Africa.

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Caption: Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (R) meets with the Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé in Beijing, China, May 4, 2015. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang expressed his support for the AIDS response during a meeting with UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibé and the Executive Director of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Mark Dybul, on 4 May in Beijing, China.

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BEIJING, 27 April 2015—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) China Office has appointed the football champion, Shao Jiayi, as UNAIDS China National Goodwill Ambassador. The announcement was made at an exhibition game between the United Nations China Football team and the Capital Normal University Football team in Beijing. Mr Shao was the referee for the friendly match.

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Shibuya ward in Tokyo is famous for its iconic crossing, which when the traffic lights turn red, turns into a sea of pedestrians surging forward from all sides. Now, the trendy neighborhood is making headlines for a landmark decision. On 31 March, the ward’s assembly passed an ordinance that recognizes same-sex couples, becoming the first local authority in Japan to acknowledge such partnerships.

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During a business trip to Asia, UNAIDS International Goodwill Ambassador, Victoria Beckham, took the opportunity to raise awareness about the 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.

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The World Economic Forum announces leaders of the future

BANGKOK, 17 March 2015—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) congratulates UNAIDS National Goodwill Ambassador for China and television personality, James Chau on his selection to the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders (YGLs) class of 2015.

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