An astounding amount of activity took place from 21-27 July in Washington, DC:
- 23,767 participants
- 183 countries represented
- 3,837 abstracts accepted
- 194 sessions
- 19 plenary speeches
- 14 special sessions
- 265 Global Village activities
- 210 exhibits
- 185 satellite meetings
- 9 scientific prizes and awards
- 76,698 #AIDS2012 tweets (22-27 July)
You can watch recorded webcasts from the event at http://www.kff.org/aids2012/.
In addition, as US visa restrictions barred sex workers and drug users from entering the country, a parallel conference was held in Kolkata, India. Over 1,000 participants from 43 countries attended the five-day “Sex Worker Freedom Festival”. Attendees in both conferences were able to watch each other’s livestreams and recorded events. Key highlights from the festival can be found at the Global Network of Sex Work Projects website.
Below is a recap of the NGO Delegation’s activities at AIDS 2012:
Raising Your Voice: Civil Society on International Health Boards
Moderated by Sara Simon, Focal Point for the NGO Delegation, this panel brought together several other representatives from global health boards to talk about challenges and urgent issues they face and how civil society can have an influence. Joining the panel were: Attapon Ed Ngoksin, UNAIDS NGO Delegate for Asia and the Pacific; Kim Nichols, Board Member, UNITAID NGOs Delegation; Gracia Violeta Ross Quiroga, Expert Advisory Group Member, Medicines Patent Pool; Mayowa Joel, Southern Representative Board Member, International Health Partnership and Related Initiatives (IHP+); and Karlo Boras, former Developing Country NGO Delegation Board Member, Global Fund.
We invite you to visit our Storify overview of this Global Village session which explored how individuals and organizations in the AIDS movement can use social media in unconventional and innovative ways.
Sara Simon, in this abstract session, presented a sampling of the Delegation’s 2011 NGO Report findings and focused on the response from UNAIDS and its Member States when the Delegation requested controversial action items from the UNAIDS Board.
AIDS Post 2015: The Future We Want, the Trends We Face
NGO Delegate for Latin America and the Caribbean, Alessandra Nilo, moderated a fascinating session in the Community Dialogue Space on the HIV movement’s role in the post-2015 agenda throughout UNAIDS and its UN cosponsoring agencies. This is a subject the Delegation is committed to following and we hope to keep you updated on this process.
Other Delegate Activities
Nadia Rafif, NGO Delegate for Africa, took part in the panel discussion “The Global Fund: The Next 5 Years”. Watch the video below or see her full transcript and a video of the protest against the cap on funding at the Global Fund.
“Advocacy and Human Rights” in the Community Dialogue Space. Mabel Bianco, NGO Delegate for Latin America and the Caribbean, presented the results of our NGO Report advocacy.
Plenary Session “Turning the Tide for Transmission”, co-chaired by Mabel Bianco. Mabel introduced Linda Scruggs who spoke about “Making Women Count: A Comprehensive Agenda”.