Brazil's former foreign relations minister and board member of Instituto Lula and its Africa Initiative, Celso Amorim, was named chairman of the executive board of Unitaid, the United Nations' entity which organizes the acquisition and distribution of medicines to developing countries.
Amorim's name was put forward by Brazil's president Dlima Rousseff. He nows takes on the challenge to increase the number of countries donating to the initiative.
Unitaid was created in 2006 by the joining efforts of the governments of France, Brazil, Chile, United Kingdom and Norway with the objective of creating innovative financing mechanisms to buy medicines against Aids, tuberculosis and malaria in developing countries.
Instituto Lula and its workers congratulate Celso Amorim and hope that in leading Unitaid he continues to help build a more just and less unequal world.
On July 4th, Celso Amorim will one of the main speakers at a conference in São Paulo organized by Instituto Lula and other entities to discuss and defend Brazil's foreign relations policies during the governments of Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Dilma Rousseff.