Together we end AIDS

Make a difference in Durban - July 18-22, 2016

Important: New security requirements to attend AIDS 2016 — All delegates

From the AIDS 2016 Registration Team:

In order to ensure delegate security, the South African Government has mandated a process that all AIDS 2016 delegates must adhere to in order to access the conference venue in Durban. Please note, whether you are on site at the conference for one minute or one week, the process is the same.

This process is led by the South African State Security Agency. Conference organizers are responsible for supporting this process and for communicating with conference delegates. The process involves four steps:

1. Complete your registration
A registration desk will be available to finalize this on site, but you may experience significant delays. To avoid any delays at the conference, please complete your registration and submit full payment prior to Sunday 3 July 2016, 23:59 CEST.

2. Submit required registration and security information online
To expedite the security process, every delegate will need to complete their registration for AIDS 2016 and submit their up-to-date passport information (or national ID for South Africans). You can go online today to update your conference profile and provide this information no later than Sunday 3 July 2016, 23:59 CEST. Please make sure your information is complete and up to date as you will not be able to make corrections on site. This mandatory information is being collected by conference organizers on behalf of the South African State Security Agency. We will not share this with any other parties.

3. Print your conference voucher and have it on site with you
After your registration is complete, you will receive a printable conference voucher by 8 July that confirms your registration and attendance. It is very important that you print this voucher and bring it with you.

4. Appear in person to complete the accreditation process
Anyone entering the conference center in Durban will first need to appear in person at the accreditation office managed by the South African State Security Agency. You will receive directions to this office and other important information when you receive your printable conference voucher. You will need to present this voucher and your passport (or national ID for South Africans) – photocopies are not permitted. Security personnel will take your photo and print your badge for you.

More information is available HERE.

Register for Beyond Blame Pre-conference

Beyond Blame @AIDS2016: Challenging HIV Criminalisation is a one day pre-conference for activists, advocates, healthcare professionals, lawyers, policymakers, and anyone else interested in working to end HIV criminalisation.

The meeting is being convened by HIV JUSTICE WORLDWIDE – comprising ARASA, Canadian HIV/AIDS Legal Network, GNP+, HIV Justice Network, ICW, Sero and PWN-USA – with local partner AIDS Legal Network, and in collaboration with UNAIDS and UNDP.

The pre-conference will include morning plenaries highlighting successes and challenges in the fight against HIV criminalisatiion around the world, afternoon skills-building workshops, and a closing keynote by Justice Edwin Cameron of South Africa’s Constitutional Court. A detailed programme will be made available in the weeks prior to the meeting.


Conference Programme is up!

The official AIDS 2016 conference programme has just gone live online.  Check it out.  The programme includes all conference abstracts, sessions, and satellites, global village and youth programme sessions and activities, exhibitions, and select pre-conferences, as well as some networking events. Using the “My Itinerary” tool, you can also build your own plan for the conference.

TB/HIV Networking Zone accepting proposals

TB/HIV Care Association would like to invite you to be part of the TB HIV Networking Zone in the Global Village at AIDS 2016 in Durban from 18-22 July 2016. The TB HIV Networking Zone will feature daily sessions, panel discussions, interactive social media campaigns, and much more.  They invite all civil society organisations, advocates, policy makers and delegates planning to attend AIDS 2016 to submit a proposal to host a session in their networking zone.  Proposals can be submitted HERE.

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday 15 June 2016.

The goals of the Networking Zone are to:
1) Increase participants’ knowledge of the dual TB-HIV epidemic
2) Bridge the gap between HIV and TB communities and organisations by facilitating interaction and sharing best practices for integrated service delivery
3) Identify opportunities for communities, key affected populations, researchers, donors and policymakers to collaborate on TB-HIV research policy and programme design.

For more information, contact Michelle.

More Partial Scholarships for Sub-Saharan Civil Society Available

The South Africa Development Fund is partnering with AIDS 2016 to provide an additional 200 registrations as part of the newly created Civil Society Access Initiative. The initiative is open to those in sub-Saharan Africa working or volunteering in the field of HIV and AIDS who are at least 16 years of age at the time of the conference. People living with HIV and/or belong to a community that is disproportionately affected by HIV especially from rural areas who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend the conference are strongly encouraged to apply.  The scholarship provides registration to the conference only.

Get more info and apply here!



Volunteer Applications Open!

Today is the first day that applications to volunteer at AIDS 2016 can be submitted.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis until all ~800 roles are filled.  More information is available HERE.  Submit your application HERE.

Volunteering is a great way to interact with delegates and to gain some access to the conference at no cost.

Volunteers will help coordinate programme activities, greet visiting delegates, assist with registration, act as guides during the conference, staff various offices and activities, and perform other crucial tasks. Volunteers will receive training and support from the conference volunteer coordinators.

Volunteers will have free access to conference sessions when not on duty, a lunch each working day and will also receive a Certificate of Appreciation.

Until We End AIDS.