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Call for pre-conference workshop proposals

Call for pre-conference workshop proposals

AIDS 2008 travel restrictions booth

Apr 27, 2016

Call for pre-conference workshop proposals on:

Reducing stigma and discrimination

Increasing access

Defending human rights

An estimated 250 participants will gather in Durban, South Africa for an interfaith pre-conference focusing on “Faith on the Fast Track: Reducing stigma and discrimination, increasing access; and defending human rights NOW!”. This will be the 7th faith-based pre-conference held before the International AIDS Conference, the first held in Bangkok in 2004.

The pre-conference will be held at the La Vita Conference Centre, in the Oceanic Hotel in Durban, just 2 km from the main AIDS 2016 conference centre and conveniently located near most of the conference hotels.

Two multi-faith committees, convened by the World Council of Churches - Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, are working together to coordinate, plan and support faith-based involvement in AIDS 2016.  For more information, see: www.iacfaith.org

Conference Theme and Format

“Faith on the Fast Track” signifies our mandate as people of faith, actively engaged at the community, national, regional and international levels to be part of intensive efforts to achieve the UNAIDS Fast Track 90-90-90 targets for 2020 and the elimination of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. Coming after the 2016 United Nations High Level Meeting on AIDS and the new Political Declaration, people of faith are called to action to address the obstacles that continue to obstruct us in ensuring every one’s access to prevention, treatment, care and support and promoting human dignity as essential to the elimination of the AIDS epidemic.

The interfaith pre-conference is organized around three main plenaries which broadly address the conference sub-themes of stigma and discrimination, access, and human rights, and three workshop streams focused on developing action plans for faith-based initiatives during the next five years.

Framework for Workshops

The workshop streams will run in parallel, with three different sessions of workshops, and three workshops offered in each session. Each workshop will be 1 ½ hours.

We are soliciting proposals for these workshops.  The workshops will be grouped around the three sub-themes:

  • Reducing stigma and discrimination;
  • increasing access to treatment; and
  • defending human rights.

Workshops may focus on:

  • skills building,
  • research,
  • practical action,
  • good practice, and/or
  • theological reflection.

We also want a diverse set of workshops that will speak to people from all faith traditions and with different levels of experience – from those new to international AIDS Conferences and perhaps new to a concentrated focus on HIV and AIDS to those who have long been involved in the response and looking for new insights in which to tackle deep-rooted challenges.

If you or your organization have experience, skills and/or new resources you wish to offer at the interfaith pre-conference, please fill in the attached nomination form and send it to francesca.merico@wcc-coe.org and aids2016@cabsa.org.za by Friday, 20 May.  The Global Organizing Committee will review all proposals to ensure a range of topics, approaches, representation and relevance to the sub-themes, given the limited number of workshop spaces.