2012 AIDS Conference Guide

Guide to the 2012 International AIDS Conference             July 22-27, 2012

Washington, DC, USA

Walter Washington Convention Center

Volume 1

The International AIDS Conference, held every two years, draws more than 20,000 people working in the field of HIV, as well as people living with HIV, policy makers and others committed to ending the epidemic. It provides extensive opportunities for sharing and networking across all levels of care and response to the epidemic.  The 19th International AIDS Conference will take place in Washington DC from 22–27 July 2012. It is the first time it will take place in the U.S. in 22 years.

Below Are Events Highlighted Specifically for MCCers and Other Faith Leaders

Faith and AIDS Pre-Conference, July 20-21

“Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice: The Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV” will take place from 20-21 July at Howard University.  The conference brings together some 500 religious and community leaders, faith-based representatives, young people and people living with HIV under the common theme of health, dignity and justice.  Linked to each plenary will be eight workshops.  The Fellowship’s Bishop Yvette Flunder will be one of the plenary speakers.   More information, including the schedule, is available at https://www.iacfaith.net/preconference

MSM Pre-conference, July 21

The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF) is organizing the fifth MSM Pre-Conference Event to the International AIDS Conference. The MSM Pre-Conference will provide a platform for up to 500 participants to exchange the most recent research, best practices, and advocacy strategies that advance the overall goal of universal access. The event will also include networking opportunities and skills building sessions focused on the changing research, programmatic, and policy landscapes in the AIDS sector. It is held in partnership with FHI 360, with the National Black Gay Men’s Advocacy Coalition serving as the local host.  The conference will take place on Saturday, July 21st, from 9am to 6pm.  You can get more information, register, or sign up to volunteer at https://www.msmgf.org/index.cfm/id/266/Home/.

AIDS Quilt and Interfaith Prayer Service, July 21
There will be an interfaith worship and prayer service at the National Cathedral on Saturday July 21 at 7pm.  The NAMES Project Foundation, AIDS Memorial Quilt will be displayed during AIDS 2012.  The display will be launched with an interfaith service of prayer and healing commemorating the Quilt and those who have died from HIV/AIDS.  You will need tickets for this event, but they will be free.  Information on securing them will be provided in June.

National Faith in Action HIV &AIDS Coalition, July 22

This workshop and rally will take place on the afternoon of the opening ceremonies for AIDS 2012. The rally will include a public witness for the important role of faith in the AIDS response and faith’s active presence during the AIDS 2012 conference.  Organizers expect over 300 clergy and faith leaders present.  The event will culminate in clergy, in their vestments, processing out of the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church and over to the Convention Center (one block away) to enter the conference in a statement of solidarity.  It begins at 2pm on Sunday, July 22nd.

Gospel Concert, July 23(tentative)

Bishop Flunder is still planning a major Gospel Concert on Monday, July 23rd in the evening.  Details about location and time are forthcoming.

2012 We Can End AIDS March, July 24

The march will take place on Tuesday, July 24th, noon to 2 pm.  There will be five “fingers” that will start in different places in the City and take different routes to the rally point (Lafayette Square across from the White House).  The routes will be designed to protest injustices in each of the five areas.  The fingers each have a theme:  Pharmaceutical Companies, Policy and Resources (politics), Women’s Health, Human Rights and Harm Reduction, and Wall Street/Financial Industry Tax.  The Pharmacutical arm will call on companies to provide low cost drugs to those in need.  The Policy arm will call on the federal government to increase resources domestically and internationally for prevention, treatment, and cures.  Human rights and harm reduction will address the criminialization of HIV and the rights of sex workers.  The Wall Street arm will call for a financial industry tax to pay for more treatment and services.  The goal is to get turnout of 20,000 or more.  Buses are being hired and filled from most major urban areas in the mid-Atlantic, Northeast, upper South, and mid-west.  Check out website for transportation options:  www.wecanendaids.org.  MCCers can select which arm of the march they would like to join.

AIDS CONFERENCE – Global Village Faith Zone, July 22-27

The Global Village is open to the general public as well as AIDS 2012 participants and is expected to attract thousands of visitors each day. The Faith Zone will provide an inclusive, innovative and informative space where faith-based visitors can exchange ideas and experiences, and where all visitors to the Global Village can experience the breadth and depth of faith communities’ work in response to HIV. There will be a podium for various events and speakers and comfy sofas for networking and relaxing.

Check out aids2012.org and iac.ecumenicaladvocacy.org for regular event updates for the larger conference and organizing faith groups