Participatory Assessment of the International AIDS Conference

Participatory Assessment of the International AIDS Conference

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From the beginning of the AIDS epidemic, the International AIDS Conferences have provided vital platforms for scientific exchange, global collaboration and policy advocacy on HIV. For more than a decade, the Global Village has been an integral part of the conference that links global dialogues into local communities.

With between 15,000 and 25,000 participants from across the public, non-government and private sectors attending each conference since 2000, the conferences attract significant public and media attention beyond the health sector, and regularly leave lasting legacies in terms of policy change, funding commitments and new partnerships.

Ahead of the 23rd International AIDS Conference, which will take place in San Francisco and Oakland in July 2020, the Governing Council of the International AIDS Society - the custodian of the conferences - and conference partners (UNAIDS, ICW, ICASO, GNP+) decided to commission a comprehensive review of the conference to make it fit for the future.

Within a changing global development environment that impacts the HIV response, the review is intended to answer a number of key questions including:

  • What type of global platform would best serve the HIV response in its push towards the elimination of AIDS? 
  • Which elements of the conference structure should be reformed and how should they be adapted to make the conference platform more useful?

The review is being undertaken by an independent group of consultants who will consult with a broad range of stakeholders inside and outside of the HIV field to gain as nuanced a perspective as possible of the niche of the International AIDS Conference and ways in which to make it serve its evolved or revised purpose better. Consultations will take place during the second half of 2019 and into the first quarter of 2020. All responses are anonymous and confidential. 

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