CANBERRA, Oct. 3 (Xinhua) -- James Gilling, who was the First Assistant Director General in the Policy and Sector Division of AusAID, was appointed as Australia's ambassador for HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr announced Wednesday.
James Gilling replaced Murray Proctor, who represented Australia as HIV/AIDS ambassador from 2007.
Through the position of ambassador for HIV, Australia can encourage political, business and community leadership on global and regional HIV issues, drive debates and advocates for policy or programming change in neglected or emerging areas. "This role shows Australia's commitment to fighting HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria,"Carr said in a statement. "With more than 25 years experience in development and social research, Mr Gilling will represent Australia in promoting effective responses to HIV/AIDS and other global health challenges. "