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[NEWS/INFO] Asia-Pacific gears up for 10th International Congress on AIDS; JYJ Will Perform At Opening Ceremony

August 26, 2011

Several thousand participants from more than 55 countries are expected to gather in Busan, Republic of Korea from 26 to 30 August 2011 for the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP10).

Across the region, activists, government officials, international organizations, the United Nations, young people, media and other partners are gearing up for the five-day event, which takes place under the theme ‘Diverse Voices, United Action.’

Sessions on key regional priorities such as ensuring greater focus on and involvement of key populations at higher risk, legal and policy issues and funding the response will help shape the regional dialogue on AIDS and foster partnerships. Held every two years, ICAAP serves as a platform for governments, scientists, civil society and people living with HIV to share ideas from across the largest and most populated region of the world.

Following the 2011 United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS, the Congress will discuss how to drive the region towards the new targets that the international community set through the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.

Incredible progress has been made but these gains are fragile. ICAAP represents an important opportunity for the region to unite towards getting Asia and the Pacific to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths

Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director

“This is a critical moment for the AIDS response in Asia and the Pacific,” said Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS Executive Director, who will give the keynote speech and take part in a number of sessions. “Incredible progress has been made but these gains are fragile. ICAAP represents an important opportunity for the region to unite towards getting Asia and the Pacific to zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths,” he added.

Leading up to the event, a number of innovative strategies are underway to encourage greater participation and involvement in the regional Congress. As part of these efforts, Korean pop band ‘JYJ’ has promoted the event as Congress Ambassadors and will perform at the opening ceremony.

“This Congress comes at a critical moment in the AIDS response—30 years after AIDS was first discovered,” said Myung-Hwan CHO, Professor at Konkuk University in Korea and ICAAP10 Congress Chair. “ICAAP10 will be a platform for political leaders, affected communities and researchers in Asia and the Pacific to share experiences and renew commitment to the AIDS response.”

A UNAIDS report on the HIV epidemic and response in Asia and the Pacific will be launched on the opening day. The report will highlight the region’s specificities, challenges and the approaches pioneered to address HIV.

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[TRANS] 110825 Park Yoochun Represents Hallyu Stars To Attend Press Conference Of Seoul Drama Awards

August 26, 2011

JYJ member Park Yoochun represents Hallyu stars to attend the press conference of Seoul Drama Awards ceremony.

Park Yoochun is scheduled to attend the press conference of Seoul drama awards ceremony held at Taepyeongno Seoul Press Centre, and will accept interviews and hold a fans meet session.

Park Yoochun had clinched a total of 480,000 votes, emerging as the most popular actor among 115 actors, through the popularity voting event held in a website organized by Seoul Drama Awards. Following closely behind Park Yoochun (SungKyunKwan Scandal), is Jang Gun Suk ( Mary Stayed Out All Night) and Kim Jae Won (Can You Hear My Heart), winning second and third place respectively. Moon Geun Young (Mary Stayed Out All Night) won first place in the female actors category, followed by Park Min Young (SungKyunKwan Scandal) and Ha Ji Won (Secret Garden).

Director Im Kwon Taek of the review committee, chairperson of Korean connection and 40 other members, seven university lecturers from Paris, France, and hallyu fanclub leaders from Romania and Peru are among the many that will attend the press conference. This press conference will introduce the special features and directions of productions, as well as the events and schedule of the awards ceremony. 60 over fans will be attending this press conference together with related staff. They will introduce “Hallyu culture in the eyes of Hallyu fans” and will have a fan meet session with Park Yoochun after the event ends.

This year marks the sixth year of the Seoul Drama Awards ceremony, with the objective of introducing the dramas with top viewership in various countries. This year, 37 countries and 204 productions had participated in this event, together with famous actors, directors and related personnel from various countries. 11 countries of 79 productions that participated came from Asia, 15 countries of 68 productions came from Europe, 2 countries of 10 productions came from the Pacific and 5 countries of 29 productions came from America. There were also 3 countries 16 productions that came from the middle east, and it will be the first time Mongol and Romania attend this awards ceremony.

To strengthen the position of Korean dramas in the international markets, as well as to expand cultural exchange between countries, Seoul Drama Awards ceremony has included nominated works such as America’s “Walking Dead”, England’s “Router”, China’s “Three Kingdoms”, Germany’“Shades of Happiness”, “The Pillars of Earth”and Ireland’s “When Harvey met bob”. Local drama series that were nominated includes “Dream High”, ““My Girlfriend is a Nine-Tailed Fox” and “Shiny Shiny Shining” among many others.

The Seoul Drama Awards will be held in the Seoul Yeouido KBS Hall on the 31st, gathering the actors and producer of the main nominated dramas, as well as drama fans of the world. This ceremony will be broadcasted live across the country through SBS.

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[NEWS] 110825 JYJ Appointed As UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador

August 26, 2011

JYJ Appointed As UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador
The First ‘Korean Wave’ Star Acclaimed by UN

JYJ (Kim Jae-joong, Park Yoo-chun, and Kim Jun-su), a Korean pop band, has been named as ‘UNAIDS regional goodwill ambassador’, one of the UN agencies.

Today (25th August), UNAIDS (the United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) is going to announce JYJ’s acceptance of UNAIDS regional goodwill ambassadorship for the Asia and pacific region.

JYJ is appointed as the 13rd UNAIDS’ goodwill ambassador. Before JYJ, Michael Ballack (international football player of German), Emmanuel Adebayor (international football player of Togo), Naomi Watts (renowned actress how has starred in films including King Kong), Annie Lennox (the world renowned Scottish singer songwriter and women’s activist) and others have committed as UNAIDS international goodwill ambassador. Amr Waked (an Egyptian Actor) is also an UNAIDS Regional Goodwill Ambassador for the Middle East and North Africa.

It’s known that JYJ’s the high recognition and popularity across the Asia and pacific is highly regarded by UNAIDS. Considering 3-40% of people living with HIV/AIDS are the youth, UNAIDS expect JYJ to encourage increased HIV awareness and fundraising for UNAIDS-related activities.

UNAIDs, which was launched in January 1996, has a role of protecting people from epidemic, monitoring it and supporting people living with HIV/AIDS. In addition, UNAIDS provides a report on the global AIDS epidemic, hold a conference on HIV/AIDS issues, and put efforts on alleviating the impact of the epidemic.

UNAIDS is guided by a ‘Programme Coordinating Board’ with representatives of 22 governments from all geographic regions, 9 UNAIDS Cosponsors, and five representatives of nongovernmental organizations. It is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. 169 countries (by 2011) are participating.

16th August, JYJ also accepted the role of official Ambassador for the 10th international Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP10), which is held by ASAP (AIDS Society of Asia and the Pacific) and UNAIDS.

JYJ is going to appear 2011 10th Asia-Pacific AIDS Congress (ICAAP 10) opening ceremony which is holding in 26th August, BEXCO Busan, to attend an appointment ceremony. As a UNAIDS Goodwill Ambassador for the Asia and Pacific region (Regional Goodwill Ambassador), JYJ is to attend a charitable concert, as well as shooting public service advertisements and volunteer activities and so on, for one year.
From TVXQ to JYJ..Making a new leap forward
31st July, 2009. Hero Jae-joong, Micky Yoo-chun, and Xiah Jun-su, 3 members of ‘TVXQ’ submitted to the court for provisional disposition to terminate the validity of their exclusive contract with SM Entertainment. “Because of the SM’s unilateral schedule for 5 years, we are exhausted both in mind and body” was the reason. After this legal action, they got the name of JYJ. Instead of four-letter name, they found the real name (Kim Jae-joong, Park yoo-chun, and Kim Jun-su), too.

Since then, however, the time of hardships was started. Apart from the SM’s objection which has overruled, Avex which managed TVXQ’s promotion in Japan ceased their activities. Also, the Union of Korean Pop Culture and Arts Industry made each broadcaster refrain JYJ’s appearance by sending a public document. It caused that a range of JYJ’s activities have been drastically narrowed.

Even though JYJ published their 1st album ‘The beginning’ on 12nd October, 2010 and hold showcase and world tour, these 3 men couldn’t sing their song at major terrestrial broadcasters. 2010 KBS Drama Awards Celebration was the JYJ’s first stage, but they could sing only the original sound track of ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’, which Park yoo-chun acted as a main cast member. Last July, JYJ was scheduled to perform in a KBS broadcasted concert with other singers in Jeju for the 7 World Wonders campaign but received a cancellation notification unilaterally.

However, ‘restriction’ becomes a ‘plus’. Park yoo-chun carries his successful career as an actor, playing a main cast member in ‘Sungkyunkwan Scandal’(2010) and ‘Miss Ripley’(2011). Kim jae-joong, who already acclaimed as an actor in Japan, is now playing a role in a SBS’s high-rated drama series ‘Save my boss’. Kim jun-su also stood on the stage of musical ‘Mozart’ and ‘Tears in heaven’ in 2011. Recently, they are holding the photo exhibition ‘Mine’, showing people how JYJ spend their time and JYJ’s lifestyle.

Still, all they want is ‘standing on the stage’. Since they’re ‘singer’, they want to perform on the stage with their own album. Now, they’re appointing as UNAIDS regional goodwill ambassador for the Asia and pacific region. That’s the reason why JYJ’s the next move

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