Washington, DC –

IIPI’s Lee Gillespie-White accepts an award at UN Global Community Day
The International Intellectual Property Institute (IIPI) today received a Blue Ribbon Award from the United Nations Association of the National Capitol Area as part of the Association’s annual Global Community Day activities. The award honors IIPI’s efforts to educate the public regarding the HIV/AIDS pandemic and specifically for a briefing to Congress on the topic this past summer.

IIPI Project Counsel Lee Gillespie-White accepted the award at a morning ceremony held at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. “We are honored to be recognized for our work by the United Nations Association,” said Gillespie-White. “For more than a year the Institute has been working to educate policymakers around the world about the intellectual property issues surrounding the provision of patent-protected medicines to HIV/AIDS-infected patients.”

The Blue Ribbon was awarded for a Congressional briefing that was organized in cooperation with the Congressional Economic Leadership Institute (CELI). The briefing brought together leading international experts from academia, government and the private sector to discuss Congress’s role in addressing the HIV/AIDS pandemic in Africa.