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Footballer Christian Karembeu to launch "HIV/AIDS Stand Up For Human Rights" cartoon at WHO

Christian Karembeu, member of France's 1998 World Cup winning squad and current captain of FC Servette Genève, will be at the World Health Organization on 10 December 2004.

Mr Karembeu will take part in a football training session with WHO's women's football team and the Grand Saconnex Football Club of youth aged ten to twelve years old. He will then speak to media about how football can reach children and youth around the world and help spread important messages on HIV/AIDS and Human Rights. 25.4 million people in sub-Saharan Africa are living with HIV/AIDS. Of these, 2.2 million are children.

To reach young people, the WHO and the Fédération Internationale de Football Association- FIFA - are joining forces to distribute the cartoon booklet entitled "HIV/AIDS Stand Up For Human Rights".

When: 10 December 2004. Photo opportunity: Football training at 13h45, news conference: 14h00

Where: WHO Headquarters, 20 Avenue Appia, 1211 Geneva, Switzerland. Football training to take place on lawn behind the main building; subsequent news conference to take place opposite the main entrance

Who: Mr Christian Karembeu, Captain, FC Servette Genève, Dr Jim Kim, Director, HIV/AIDS Department, WHO

Media: All members of the media are invited. For journalists with access to the Palais des Nations, a bus will depart Door 6, Palais des Nations, at 13h30 on 10 December. For journalists not based at the Palais, please come directly to the main entrance of WHO, where you will be met.

For more information contact:

Mr Gregory Hartl
Telephone: +41 (22) 791 4458
Mobile phone: +41 (79) 203 6715

Beth Magne-Watts
Telephone: +41 22 791 5074