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posted 04/21/03

European Union Commissioner to Speak on Fight Against Communicable Diseases
Europe's efforts against AIDS, Malaria, TB are focus of April 28 Address

Poul Nielson, the European Union's Commissioner for Development and Humanitarian Aid, and Chief Executive Officer for the EuropeAid Co-Operation Office, will speak at Columbia University on the topic of Europe's perspective on the fight against the world's major communicable diseases.

What: Talk by European Union Commissioner Poul Nielson

Topic: "Accelerating the Fight against AIDS, TB, and Malaria:
A European Union Perspective"

When: Monday, April 28, 2003, 4:30pm

Where: Faculty Room, Low Library, Columbia University
116th Street and Broadway, New York

Nielson is in charge of the European Commission's Humanitarian Aid Office (known as ECHO), where he is responsible for humanitarian assistance to developing countries affected by conflicts or disasters, both natural and manmade, all over the world. The ultimate objective of humanitarian assistance, according to ECHO, is to return a population to self-sufficiency, thereby phasing out the humanitarian funding in good conditions. Promotion and raising awareness of humanitarian issues are also goals of ECHO.

Part of Commissioner Nielson's mandate is to collaborate with international organizations, in particular the United Nations and the World Bank, to further Europe's development agenda. He is coming to New York for meetings at the United Nations.

Nielson is speaking at Columbia as a guest of The Earth Institute and the Institute for the Study of Europe, School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University. The Earth Institute is the world's leading academic center for the integrated study of Earth, its environment, and society. The Earth Institute stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems. Through its research, training, and global partnerships, it mobilizes science and technology to advance sustainable development, while placing special emphasis on the needs of the world's poor.

For more information on Commissioner Nielson, his work and recent activities, please go to: http://europa.eu.int/comm/commissioners/nielson/activities_en.htm

The Earth Institute at Columbia University is among the world’s leading academic centers for the integrated study of Earth, its environment, and society. The Earth Institute builds upon excellence in the core disciplines—earth sciences, biological sciences, engineering sciences, social sciences and health sciences—and stresses cross-disciplinary approaches to complex problems. Through its research, training and global partnerships, it mobilizes science and technology to advance sustainable development, while placing special emphasis on the needs of the world’s poor.