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Zero Discrimination Day Launched In Beijing
Michel Sidibe, executive director of the programme, said similar events are being planned around the world in the lead up to the occasion this weekend.
"Zero Discrimination Day is a call to people everywhere to promote and celebrate everyone's right to live a full life with dignity -- no matter what they look like, where they come from or whom they love," a UNAIDS press release said.
Zero Discrimination Day is symbolised by a butterfly which is widely recognised as a sign of transformation.
"The AIDS response has taught the world tremendous lessons in tolerance and compassion. UNAIDS has a vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths," Sidibe said.
"We know that both the right to health and the right to dignity belongs to everyone. Working together, we can transform ourselves, our communities and our world to reach zero discrimination," he said.
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