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Action Alert: Plan Now to Attend AIDS 2012

19. December 2011

    The EAA is working with its members and partners to ensure strong, visible and coordinated faith participation in the 19th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012) that will take place in Washington, DC, USA from 22-27 July 2012.

    Save the Date: Interfaith Pre-Conference

    “Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice: The Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV” will be held on 20-21 July 2012 at Howard University in Washington, DC. The pre-conference will begin with a networking reception, also at Howard University, the evening of 19 July. The interfaith pre-conference will offer opportunities for theological reflection, sharing of best practices, skills building, advocacy, interfaith collaboration and single faith reflection.

    A Global Reference Group and Local Host Committee are working to put together a diverse, interactive program. Registration will open in January 2012, and a formal call for workshop submissions will also be issued at that time.

    The pre-conference is hosted by national co-sponsors The Balm in Gilead and the Catholic Medical Mission Board. In addition to the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, international co-sponsors of the pre-conference currently also include the International Network of Religious Leaders Living with and/or Affected by HIV (INERELA+) and the Asian Interfaith Network on HIV and AIDS (AINA).

    Visit http://iacfaith.net for more information.

    Apply Now: Interfaith Chaplains Programme

    Ten chaplains will be selected to participate in the Interfaith Chaplains Programme during AIDS 2012. The chaplains will lead prayer sessions in the Interfaith Prayer Room at the Washington Convention Center during the conference and be available for spiritual support and counseling to conference participants at designated times. Chaplains will benefit from a significantly reduced conference registration fee, but are responsible for covering their transportation, accommodation and visas fees associated with attending the conference.

    An application form is available at http://iacfaith.net/interfaith. Or, for more information, contact Rev. Andrea DeGroot-Nesdahl at bishopadn@aol.com and Imam Dr Abdul-Malik Ali at taijiali@aol.com.

    Get Involved in the Main Conference

    AIDS 2012 registration is now open and participants are encouraged to register by 23 February to take advantage of early bird registration fees. Abstract submissions for AIDS 2012 and applications for the Global Village, Youth Programme and scholarships are also open and will close on 15 February. For more information, visit www.aids2012.org.

    Accommodation in Washington

    During both the Interfaith Pre-Conference and the International AIDS Conference, faith-based participants will have the opportunity to stay in dormitory accommodation at Howard University at a rate of US$ 40 per night. Dormitory rooms are equipped with air conditioning, internet access and a mini refrigerator. Meal plans will also be available. More information on how to book a room will be available at http://iacfaith.net in early January 2012.

    For faith-based participants wishing to stay in a hotel, the Local Host Committee especially recommends the Grand Hyatt, Westin City Center and Rouge Hotel. These hotels are convenient to both the Interfaith Pre-Conference and AIDS 2012. Individual hotel reservations may be booked through http://www.aids2012.org/Default.aspx?pageId=319.

    Stay Updated

    For more information about the interfaith pre-conference and faith-based activities at AIDS 2012, visit http://iacfaith.net. You can also subscribe to the EAA’s IAC 2012 email list from the http://iacfaith.net.

The Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance is a broad international network of churches and Christian organizations cooperating in advocacy on food and HIV and AIDS. The Alliance is based in Geneva, Switzerland. For more information, see http://www.e-alliance.ch/

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