Elton John to deliver Princess Diana lecture on HIV
Elton John will deliver a lecture on HIV in London on June 8th to honour Princess Diana. The 71-year-old icon – who was a close friend of the British royal – established his own Aids foundation in 1992.
“I am delighted to be able to deliver this lecture and to remember the enormous contribution Diana, Princess of Wales made to this cause,” he said, adding “In the quarter-century since the Elton John Aids Foundation was established, the global Aids fight has changed beyond recognition. Yet tolerance and courage has never been more important in that fight. We need to remember what is important if we are going to be successful.”
The Diana, Princess of Wales Lecture was launched by the National AIDS Trust in 1999 as a living tribute to the organisation’s royal patron, and this year the Rocket Man singer is leading the event.
Sir Elton will deliver the speech in front of an audience of politicians, health workers, journalists, civil society leaders, celebrities and people living with HIV.
According to a press release, the singer will “set out a vision for an AIDS free future” and “call on governments and the private sector to show leadership and accountability in order to reach the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal to end AIDS by 2030”.