Global Village and Youth Program

The Global Village and Youth Program promotes global networking – between north and south and east and west. It provides an important space for discussions, installations, and performances representing communities from across the world. The Global Village is open to the general public and conference delegates, and admission is free.

Global Village and Youth Program Submissions open on December 1, 2015.

In order to submit a proposal, you must first create a conference profile. The deadline to submit your proposal for the Global Village and Youth Program is February 4, 2016 (23:59 CET). Full submission guidelines are available will be available soon.

Global Village & Youth Program Objectives

As a platform for communities involved in the response to HIV, the Global Village and Youth Program will highlight the conference theme ‘Access Equity Rights Now’, with a focus on the following:

Create a vibrant cultural experience for conference delegates and the public living locally and visiting Durban;

Celebrate the successes of the HIV response globally and within Africa;

Build a productive learning and networking environment where activities with a focus where the following are prominent and valued: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health, HIV/TB co-infection, stigma and discrimination;

Bridge all areas of science, leadership and community, which build and reinforce multi-sectoral partnerships, community development, youth engagement, accessible funding mechanisms, long-term planning and sustainability;

Provide a space which enables leadership, human rights, active participation and visibility of key populations; and

Promote the value of inter-generational exchange which fosters shared learning and counsel between people involved in the global response to HIV.

Global Village and Youth  Program Activities

Most Global Village and Youth Programme activities are based on online submissions for the following types of activities:

Global Village Sessions feature panel discussions, debates, presentations with opportunities for Q&A and meeting the experts. Sessions will focus on current and emerging HIV related topics, as well as priority populations.

Networking Zones are spaces for local and international groups which focus on thematic areas central to key populations. In these zones, groups can meet and conduct their own activities and engage delegates and the public visiting the Global Village.

The Main Stage  is a space for live performances of music, dance and theatre that address issues in the context of  either: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health, TB/HIV co-infection, stigma and discrimination and human rights. As the heart of the Global Village, the Main Stage plays a significant role in showcasing innovative and dynamic visual expressions of HIV work at the grass roots community level.

The Screening Room provides a space to screen films about HIV related issues, including human rights.

Meeting Rooms are available for small informal discussions and can be booked in advance.

The Youth Pavilion is the main networking space for young people. It is a space to host meetings and forums, showcase achievements of young people, facilitate networking opportunities, engage participants in dialogue and build on the momentum from the youth pre-conference.

NGO and Marketplace Booths showcase the work of international HIV programmes. The marketplace booths provide HIV related non-government organizations and projects with an opportunity to sell their products to generate income for reinvestment into HIV programming .

Art Exhibitions including sculpture, installations, photos and paintings about HIV issues expressed from the grassroots level, are displayed throughout the Global Village.

The Community Dialogue Space is hosted by Red Ribbon Award recipients which celebrate community leadership and action on AIDS. It is a space in which conference delegates and the general public can engage with community-based and grassroots HIV organizations from around the world. It aims to influence key events and the outcomes of the conference through interactive discussions and stories about some of the victories and challenges faced by communities on the frontline. The interactive program includes high-level dialogue sessions between civil society and international leaders, press conferences and cultural events.

You can also get in touch with the Global Village & Youth Program Team directly at