AIDS 2012 International Conference Update, Part One
October 12, 2011
Are you curious about what's been going on in preparation for the 2012 International AIDS Conference? What'd you mean "no"? There is a lot going in D.C. to prepare for this massive conference. Some of the preparation is very necessary. Some of it is the city cleaning up before company arrives. But it's all news to this Examiner. Here are a few notable highlights:
Conference Outreach Partners and Theme Announced
The 2012 IAC committee selected three organizations to serve as their local and national outreach partners last month. The D.C. Community Coalition (Washington, D.C.), The Black AIDS Institute (Los Angeles, California), and The U.S. Positive Women's Network (Oakland, California) are responsible for keeping communities around the country informed about the goals and objectives, timelines, important activities, etc. They are also responsible for ensuring that the all groups affected by HIV/AIDS have a voice in the planning and delivery of this conference. D.C. Community Coalition co-chair Christine Campbell expressed her contentment with the selection in an exclusive interview. "Being selected as an Outreach Partner for AIDS 2012 is a great strategic opportunity for the D.C. Community Coalition. We want to ensure that Washington Metropolitan residents have meaningful involvement in the conference as well as highlight the work being done here in Washington on HIV/AIDS. We will continue to look for ways in which we can positively influence local policy towards ending the epidemic in the region." The theme for the conference, selected by the D.C. Community Coalition, is "Turning the Tide Together." The theme was selected to reflect the defining moment that the epidemic has reached and is a call to action.
Rollout of the Community Platform
The D.C. Community Coalition has unveiled its platform. The document serves as a roadmap for D.C. Government officials to use to address the epidemic in the city before, during and most importantly after the 2012 conference. The platform spotlights most of the roadblocks that have interrupted progress in the fight against HIV. It provides a list of demands for the Mayor and city government to take action on including HIV criminalization, statehood, comprehensive sex education in schools, and HIV among the senior population. Visit the website to see the platform in its entirety and to sign on.
The Road to AIDS 2012 Is Coming in November 2011
The 2012 AIDS Conference is the largest gathering of HIV/AIDS professionals, scientists, community organizers, and people living with the virus. In order for the conference to be successful, people in the community must get involved and stay there. One way to get involved is through the town hall meeting with The Road to AIDS 2012. This nation-wide tour will stop in D.C. on November 3, 2011 and will engage participants in a discussion about the National HIV/AIDS Strategy, increase awareness about the conference, and develop opportunities for underserved populations to get involved. There are a total of fifteen town halls scheduled for this tour. Click here to see the schedule.
Stay tuned to this Examiner's page. There will be more updates to come shortly.
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