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Formentera creates joint working commission for the war on HIV/AIDS

foto 2022 comissio mixtaFormentera's Mixed Commission on HIV/AIDS held its inaugural session to discuss the Consell de Formentera's signing of the Paris Declaration on human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). The commission was chaired by Ana Juan, President of the Consell, and in attendance were Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare; department specialists and representatives of Formentera Hospital and of ALAS Salud y Sexualidades, a civil society group working to prevent HIV and AIDS.

Councillor Ramírez pointed out that "members of the Consell's December 2021 plenary unanimously endorsed Formentera's adhesion to the Paris Declaration, a clear statement of the island's firm stance on public health and social welfare". Ramírez described the goal as "promoting the policies and strategies within our reach to fight against HIV and achieve the objectives to end the epidemic by 2030".

Among those objectives is the achievement by 2030 of the 95-95-95-0 HIV treatment targets. These targets –that 95% of people living with HIV know their viral status, that 95% get appropriate treatment on an ongoing basis and that 95% of those receiving treatment keep their viral load low to stay healthy and reduce the risk of HIV transmission– would help put an end to the global AIDS epidemic by 2030 with zero stigma and discrimination.

Short-term roadmap

Being developed in tandem is the Fast-Track Formentera Plan (FTF Plan), which strives to be a living, open document encompassing actions to tackle HIV and AIDS in the years ahead. Global principles and local actions will be key to attaining these objectives, namely, by taking advantage of programmes and resources already in place on the island and taking steps locally to prevent, diagnose and treat HIV.

On 1 December 2014, World AIDS Day, mayors of 26 cities gathered in Paris to sign a pledge to end the AIDS epidemic in their municipalities. In this declaration, called the Paris Declaration, and led by Paris, mayors and governments of more than 50 world municipalities with high rates of HIV infection pledged to adopt a series of commitments to accelerate the AIDS response.

5 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Second Formentera Astronòmica unveils planetarium to bring the stars to the children of Formentera

foto 2022 planetarium AThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report that the second Formentera Astronòmica will take place between 6 and 8 May. Among the activities on the programme, which can be found on https://www.formenteraastronomica.com, there is a free activity for children and young people.

Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10.00am to 2.00pm, and Friday and Saturday from 5.30pm to 9.30pm, 20 sessions will be held at the planetarium. During 40-minute session, an astrophysicist specialised in the didactics of astromomy will explain to interested children our cosmos. Reservations are not required, but space at activities is limited.

The planetarium will be set up in Plaça de la Constitució. On Friday morning, school children will visit. Children's workshops will also be held in the morning. The event will additionally feature the return of a drawing contest for children 14 and under called "The Star Tourist". Contest submissions will be accepted until 6 May at concurso@formenteraastronomica.com.

4 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera presents promotional activities in Rome and Bilbao

foto 2022 discover F in MThe Formentera Office of Tourism is pleased to report on the promotional activities it is carrying out this week. Between 6 and 8 May, the island will be present at two fairs: Roma Travel Show 2022, in Italy, and Expovacaciones, in Bilbao.

At a stand at the RTS, Tourespaña will promote Formentera among Italian travellers, the island's second largest source market. In Bilbao, promotional material will be available at a stand dedicated exclusively to Formentera.

"The fairs are aimed at end users in Spain and Italy, among whom Formentera inspires great interest, and niche media outlets will be present as well", explained Carlos Bernús, chief of the Formentera Office of Tourism Promotion. Bernús pointed out that Rome and Bilbao alike "have very good connections with the Eivissa airport".

Promotional programme

Promotional activities continue this week. At 12.30pm on Wednesday 4 May, Onda Cero's programme "Más de Uno Mallorca", with Elka Dimitrova and Agustín El Casta, will broadcast live from the Consell de Formentera auditorium. This collaborative effort aims to draw tourists from the nearby islands during the low season. The event is open to the public.


Against the backdrop of Formentera's Gastronomic Weekends initiative, which started last weekend and continues through the next, the Office of Tourism Promotion is backing the visit of 15 fine-dining influencers who reach roughly 3 million followers.

Efforts to promote travel to Formentera focus on the late season and cater to quality tourism, i.e. individuals who are respectful of the environment and interested in sports, cultural programming and local heritage.

3 March 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

Formentera hosts training on detecting and preventing suicide and self-harm

foto 2022 jornades assistenciaToday about 20 people took part in the first Warning Signs and Keys to Preventing Suicide and Self-Harm, a day-long conference hosted by the Consell de Formentera together with the Balearic Office for Children and Adolescents. Taking place in the Consell auditorium, the conference will feature discussion on the theoretical framework of the Suicide Observatory as well as highlight myths, risk factors, worry signs and preventive steps. Participants will also come away with practical tips on spotting suicidal ideation through questions and ways to intervene.

Rafael Ramírez, Councillor of Social Welfare, opened the event and shared his hopes that participants would find it useful. Nicole Haber, head of the Suicide Observatory, and Maria Dolores Gabaldón, social worker at the Mental Health Office of the Balearic Islands, led the conference.

3 May 2022
Communications Office
Consell de Formentera

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