In China Annan continues pressing for full mobilization against AIDS

In his meeting in Beijing with Vice-President Hu Jintao, the Secretary-General discussed the UN development goals, saying that international cooperation in areas ranging from terrorism to economic development was more important than ever after the 11 September 2001 terror attacks. “We can’t afford another failed state like Afghanistan,” Mr. Annan said, referring to the period when world inattention towards Afghanistan allowed it to become a bastion for organized terror. The Secretary-General also pledged to work with China on human rights issues, and repeated his earlier message that all levels of society must be involved in the fight against AIDS. “We must remove the stigma” of the disease, he stressed. In reply, Vice-President Hu said that AIDS is a public health menace for all mankind and that China is paying close attention to its prevention and control, with all society needing to be engaged in the fight, according to UN spokesperson Hua Jiang. The Secretary-General said he was heartened by that attitude. Mr. Annan then met with the most active leaders in the fight against AIDS in China, including Health Minister Dr. Zhang Wenkang and Professor Zeng Yi, President of the China Foundation for AIDS Prevention and Control. “We need all hands on deck,” he told them. In the late afternoon, the Secretary-General met with Vice Premier Qian Qichen, who also said that AIDS deserves the attention of all governments, adding that China takes the issue very seriously and has mobilized its medical sector to join in the search for a cure. The Secretary-General then described the meeting he had just had on the epidemic and his efforts to prod the major drug firms to lower their prices for AIDS medications in poor countries, Ms. Jiang said. The two officials also discussed Iraq and the Security Council’s efforts to agree on a formula for the return of weapons inspectors. Their substantive talks continued at a subsequent dinner in the Secretary-General’s honour hosted by the Vice Premier. Meanwhile, the Secretary-General’s wife, Nane, spent part of the day at a Beijing primary school, where she met with some 200 students as well as officials from China’s main children’s books publisher, Ms. Jiang said. Students of the Jing Shan Primary School presented their main concerns to Mrs. Annan, including an end to war, the protection of the environment, and education for all girls and boys. They also appealed for more attention to the growing global problem of AIDS orphans. In return, she showed slides of the UN’s development work and praised the students for their deep compassion and commitment. read more

Rise of consent apps as millennials sign digital contracts before they have

Lawyers have previously warned that consent apps cannot provide proof of consent, as feelings can change throughout an evening, and even in the moments before an act.There are also some privacy issues.  Many of these apps don’t require users to log in with their own identifiable information. Data is also stored in a cloud rather than on a phone, and other apps have access to billing information and the user’s contacts. He said: “This is not a legally binding contract.”This is like a digital handshake agreement. You talk about what you are agreeing to, and then you shake on it.”He is also reformulating the app, and wants to implement a panic button to be pressed at any time, which immediately withdraws any consent given.Another idea to improve the app is to add a state-of-mind test, like a maths question, to determine whether the person is drunk. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. However, it is unlikely these would carry much weight in court. In the world of romance post #MeToo, some young people are cautiously navigating their way through sexual relationships by using consent apps.These devices ask the user to confirm they consent to sexual activity with another user by tapping or writing on the screen of their smartphone.The number of such apps is growing, as they promise to provide a record about any agreement given for sexual activity, which goes into detail about which acts were and were not approved. This is supposedly set to be useful for disputes.Cody Swann, CEO of Gunner Technology, which owns consent app uConsent, told the Wall Street Journal that the app is meant for communication about sex, and two people must be in the same room for it to work. read more