Stephen Lewis

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Stephen Lewis Former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa

"The former UN Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa, Mr. Stephen Lewis is the inaugural Scholar-in-Residence at the Institute on Globalization and the Human Condition at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. He is also a Senior Advisor to the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University in New York. Mr. Lewis is co-chair of the Leadership Programme Committee for the XVII International AIDS Conference, which will be held in Mexico City in August 2008. Mr. Lewis also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI), and is the chair of the board of the Stephen Lewis Foundation (

"Stephen Lewis' work with the United Nations spans more than two decades. He was the UN Secretary-General's Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa from June 2001 until the end of 2006. From 1995 to 1999, Mr. Lewis was Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF at the organization's global headquarters in New York. In 1997, in addition to his work at UNICEF, Mr. Lewis was appointed by the Organization of African Unity to a Panel of Eminent Personalities to Investigate the Genocide in Rwanda. The 'Rwanda Report' was issued in June of 2000. In 1993, Mr. Lewis became coordinator for the international study -- known as the Graça Machel study -- on the "Consequences of Armed Conflict on Children". The report was tabled in the United Nations in 1996. From 1984 through 1988, Stephen Lewis was Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations. In this capacity, he chaired the Committee that drafted the Five-Year UN Programme on African Economic Recovery.

"He also chaired the first International Conference on Climate Change, which drew up the first comprehensive policy on global warming. From 1970-1978, Mr. Lewis was leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party, during which time he became leader of the Official Opposition. Mr. Lewis holds 24 honorary degrees from Canadian universities. He is an honorary fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and is a Senior Fellow of Massey College at the University of Toronto. Mr. Lewis was appointed a Companion of the Order of Canada, Canada's highest honour for lifetime achievement, in 2003. The same year, Maclean's magazine honoured Mr. Lewis as their inaugural "Canadian of the Year."

"In April 2005, TIME magazine listed Stephen Lewis as one of the '100 most influential people in the world'." [1]

His daughter is Ilana Landsberg-Lewis.

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  1. Directors, International AIDS Vaccine Initiative, accessed April 29, 2008.
  2. Who we are, AIDS-Free World, accessed June 9, 2009.
  3. Advisory Board, Batonga, accessed November 17, 2008.