Lyon, WHO headquarters on 10 October 2019!
A global fundraiser to fight AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria is being held for the first time in France ... and it's in Lyon!
French President Emmanuel Macron will host the Director-General of WHO, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesu, all Heads of State, Nobel Prize winners in medicine, and private donors for a conference to raise $14 billion to fight infectious diseases.
The goal is to mobilise donors and recipient countries to raise funds for the next Global Fund financing period from 2021 to 2023.
For Lyon, the honour is immense. Furthermore, the World Health Organization has established its continued training centre here in Lyon. The centre is designed to enable health professionals from around the world to continue their training with the goal of improved global health. Lyon was a logical choice, given that it is home to Lyonbiopole, global centre of excellence and leader in the biotechnology sector (infectio-immunology, vaccines, diagnostics, oncology and neurology).
During this important event in Lyon, Metropole de Lyon, and the (RED) organisation, founded by Bono of the group U2 with the aim of fighting AIDS, has organised the first international street art campaign! This campaign aims to rally support around this key meeting of these heads of state and the WHO to raise awareness of the cause. It will be deployed simultaneously across a series of emblematic cities and world capitals including Paris, Berlin, London, NY, Washington DC and Johannesburg.
The four artists invited to decorate the city are from China: DALeast, from South Africa: Faith 47, From Portugal: Add Fuel, as well as the New York duo FAILE. They will each be given terrain on which to express their art.
The huge frescoes will be located in emblematic sites across the city: For Faith 47 it is building F of the Croix-Rousse hospital, Add Fuel will be at 50, Quai Charles de Gaulle, FAILE will decorate the car park along the river banks, under the Morand Bridge on the Quai Jean Moulin side. Finally, DALeast will paint the facade of the Halle Debourg.
So keep your eyes open!