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Mennonite Church Canada signs on to AIDS/HIV letter

   
 


Rev. Henry Krause, moderator of Mennonite Church Canada, has signed on to a joint letter from the Canadian Council of Churches members urging the Canadian government to play a strong role in transforming “the structures that contribute to the spread of AIDS.”

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May 12, 2006
-by Dan Dyck

Winnipeg, Man. — Mennonite Church Canada has signed on to a joint letter from the Canadian Council of Churches members urging the Canadian government to play a strong role in transforming “the structures that contribute to the spread of AIDS.”

The three-page letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper recommends six initiatives for the government to pursue, including debt relief for countries with “HIV rates above the world average of 1.1% of their adult population” and “a timetable for increasing Canada’s Official Development Assistance to 0.7% of Gross National Income by 2015.” The letter is signed by Mennonite Church Canada moderator Henry Krause, and 19 other church leaders from denominations such as the Greek Orthodox, United Church, and the Baptist Convention of Ontario and Quebec.

The letter cites three opportunities for the Canadian government to demonstrate global leadership on the AIDS/HIV crisis: the United Nations Review of Progress on the Implementation of the 2001 Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS (May 31 and June 2, 2006); G8 Summit in St. Petersburg, Russia (July 15-17, 2006); the Sixteenth International AIDS Conference hosted by Canada in Toronto (August 13-18, 2006).

The entire text of the letter to Harper can be found at www.mennonitechurch.ca/news/statements/.