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Action Alert: Join Us to Plan Faith-based Input into AIDS 2014

20. September 2013

    The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 20-25 July 2014. The conference, held every two years, provides extensive opportunities for sharing and networking across all levels of care and response to the epidemic. Some 20,000 people are expected to attend AIDS 2014.


    Over the past five International AIDS Conferences, the response of representatives of religious communities and organizations to HIV and AIDS has become more visible and integrated because of the increased engagement and coordination of faith-based representatives. Some 450 people of faith attended a 2-day interfaith pre-conference ahead of AIDS 2012 in Washington D.C., for example, with many others contributing to the main conference in various other ways. Highlights included an Interfaith Prayer Service at the National Cathedral, a forum for religious leaders at the White House and a lively Faith Zone at the ‘Global Village’ within the main conference.


    The EAA hopes to build upon these previous experiences in the run-up to and during AIDS 2014 too, and is therefore soliciting nominations for members of two working groups that will have the responsibility for coordinating, planning and supporting faith-based involvement in AIDS 2014:

    1. Global Reference Group (GRG) that will set the overall direction, priorities, policies, and related planning for coordinated faith-based activities at AIDS 2014.
    2. A Local Host Committee (LHC) that will plan and facilitate the logistical aspects of global faith-based participation in AIDS 2014, including the pre-conference, and will support coordinated Australian-based interfaith input into the pre- and main conferences.


    Please see the terms of reference for these working groups:

    Global Reference Group

    Local Host Committee


    It is already envisaged to hold the first conference call for the Local Host Committee on 7 October 2013.


    To nominate yourself, or others, please complete the online form by 1 October 2013.


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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