Stephen Henry Lewis is a Canadian politician, broadcaster and diplomat. He is currently serving as United Nations special envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa.
Born in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of future federal New Democratic Party leader David Lewis, he attended Harbord Collegiate Institute, Upper Canada College and the University of Toronto.
Lewis’ university studies ended in 1963 when, at the age of 26, he was elected to the Legislative Assembly of Ontario. Following the 1970 resignation of Donald C. MacDonald, Lewis was elected leader of the Ontario New Democratic Party. His initial experience at the helm in the 1971 provincial election was a disappointment, with the party slipping from 20 seats to 19.
After working for several years as a labour mediator, columnist and broadcaster, in 1984 Lewis was appointed Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations by Governor General Jeanne Suavé, on the advice of Prime Minister Brian Mulroney. Lewis served at the post until 1988. In the 1980s, he became a familiar voice, appearing with Dalton Camp and Eric Kierans as part of a weekly political panel on Peter Gzowski’s Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio show, Morningside. From 1995 to 1999, Lewis was Deputy Director of UNICEF. He currently works for the United Nations as the Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for HIV/AIDS in Africa. In his role as Special Envoy, it has been his job to draw attention to the HIV/AIDS crisis and to convince leaders and the public that they have a responsibility to respond. He has been widely praised for his effectiveness in this role, which calls upon his excellent oratorical skills.
In May 2006, Lewis joined the Faculty of Social Sciences at McMaster University as a Scholar-in-Residence.
—Courtesy of Wikipedia
Race Against Time: Searching for Hope in AIDS-Ravaged Africa
by Stephen Lewis