October 25, 2012
Geneva, Switzerland -- From 20-25 July 2014 more than 18,000 delegates from all over the world will gather in Melbourne, Australia, to attend the 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014). The convening of the conference in Asia-Pacific will highlight the issues related to the HIV epidemic in a region with the largest geographic area and population in the world, varying levels of wealth and a mix of cultures which create specific challenges, and successes, in the response to the epidemic.
For the first time at AIDS 2014 the conference logo, one of the most important tools to promote the meeting, will be selected through a competition specifically addressed to young people (age 10-30). This initiative reflects the conference's basic principle of inclusiveness and it is also meant to raise HIV awareness among youth.
"Almost half of all new HIV infections in the world are among people under 25. Globally, 5.4 million young people are living with HIV and youth remains the most vulnerable group to HIV infections due to a number of reasons, including lack of information and education", said Local Co-Chair of AIDS 2014 Professor Sharon Lewin. "AIDS 2014 will have a robust Youth Programme aimed at increasing the participation of young people and the profile of youth issues at the conference. As part of these efforts, we think the competition will help to draw young people's attention to the HIV epidemic and to AIDS 2014. In past conferences, youth advocacy has played a key role in shaping the HIV agenda. By capturing the energy, the passion and the commitment of youth, we are sure the logo will contribute to make AIDS 2014 another milestone in the history of HIV."
The winner of the "Make Your Idea Our Logo" competition will be invited with an accompanying person to attend the conference in Melbourne where a formal presentation of the winning logo will take place.