The 20th International AIDS Conference gathers those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific and programmatic developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.
To coincide with the conference, UNESCO will relaunch its HIV and AIDS Clearinghouse with extended coverage of health education issues including sexuality education, school health, homophobic bullying and gender based violence in school settings. The relaunched Clearinghouse will incorporate sharing functions to enable all content to be shared on social media networks including Twitter, Facebook, and many others.
The theme of the Conference, Stepping up the Pace, recognizes that we are at a critical time and we need to build on recent successes to ensure that HIV remains on top of the global agenda and that the pace further increases to ultimately reverse the trajectory of the epidemic.
The AIDS 2014 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking.