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Action Alert: AIDS 2012 Interfaith Pre-Conference - book now to avoid disappointment!

14. May 2012

    AIDS 2012 Interfaith Pre-Conference - book now to avoid Disappointment!

    Don’t miss your chance to be part of “Taking Action for Health, Dignity and Justice: The Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV” (20-21 July 2012, Howard University, Washington, DC). As the early bird ticket deadline is on 17 May, NOW is the time to book online (www.iacfaith.net) and ensure your involvement in the program! Make sure that the pre-conference fully reflects the breadth and depth of faith-based engagement in the HIV response around the world and identifies ways of moving forward together. And, by the way, get an exceptional deal on accommodation during the International AIDS Conference 2012!

            Key plenary speakers confirmed

    Plenary speakers for the Interfaith Pre-Conference will include:

    • Rev. Dr Nyambura Njoroge, World Council of Churches, Kenya
    • Imam Johari Abdul-Malik, Dar Al-Hijrah Islamic Centre, USA
    • Dr Rosalee Velloso Ewell, World Evangelical Alliance, Brazil
    • Ms Ruth Messinger, President, American Jewish World Service
    • Canon Gideon Byamugisha, Christian Aid Goodwill Ambassador, Uganda
    • Ms Faghmeda Miller, Positive Muslims, South Africa
    • Bishop Yvette Flunder, United Church of Christ City of Refuge, USA
    • Ms Moono Nyambe, Global Network of People Living with HIV, Zambia
    • Swami Advaidananda, INERELA+, Réunion Island
    • Dr Ronald Lalthanmawia, Christian Medical Association of India

    Keep an eye on www.iacfaith.net/preconference to see names of additional speakers and moderators as they are confirmed.

            Plenary descriptions published

    Three pre-conference plenary sessions will explore the sub-themes of health, dignity and justice:

    • The ‘dignity’ plenary will draw out some of the key religious principles and teachings related to dignity and will look for ways to build closer working relationships between people living with HIV and faith communities in the response to HIV. It will deepen theological reflection on dignity in the context of HIV and will identify practical actions that have been, or should be, taken. It will take the form of a Q&A interview, with time given to reactions from the floor.
    • The ‘health’ plenary will explore the challenges to a further scale-up of anti-retroviral treatment (ART), in terms of access to affordable ART for adults and children and in terms of patent and trade-related issues. It will also look at possible solutions, and profile the Medicines Patent Pool (MPP) as one instrument and means of facilitating long-term treatment in resource-poor settings. A panel will inform participants about treatment issues and the plenary will close with a practical advocacy action in which all can participate.
    • The ‘justice’ plenary will be a rallying call to religious communities on some of the pressing issues of injustice related to HIV and the response. It will seek to better harness faith communities’ capacity to work for justice in a spirit of recognition of the inherent human dignity of every person, whereby every individual and every minority community experiences dignity and their consequent claim to protection, as a matter of justice – both legal and ethical.

    Read more about each of the plenary sessions online at www.iacfaith.net/preconference.

            Workshop leaders notified

    Over 80 workshop applications were received following a call for proposals launched in February 2012. The final 24 workshop sessions to take place at the pre-conference have now been defined on the basis of these proposals, with many of the proposals received having been combined with others to ensure strong and diverse inputs. All those whose proposals have been accepted have been notified via email.


    Some of the many organizations involved in running workshops include: Caritas Internationalis, Center for Interfaith Action on Global Poverty (CIFA); UNFPA; Kaiser Family Foundation; The Balm in Gilead; the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America; World YWCA; Emory University; RESULTS UK; Cameroon Baptist Convention Health Services; Metropolitan Interdenominational Church; Brot für die Welt; World Vision; Russian Evangelical Baptist Union; Norwegian Church Aid; Catholic Relief Services; St John’s Cathedral, Hong Kong; Christian Connections for International Health; District of Colombia Department of Health; and United Lutheran Church of Argentina and Uruguay.


    Full descriptions of the 24 workshops to take place at the pre-conference will be published on www.iacfaith.net/preconference by 1 June.

              Sales of early bird pre-conference tickets end on 17 May!

    Before this date, pre-conference registration combined with up to 10 nights’ accommodation at Howard University costs just 500 USD. Pre-conference registration on its own is 220 USD before 17 May. This will rise to 260 USD from 18 May.


    Note that, in addition to lunch and beverage breaks at the pre-conference on 20 and 21 July, pre-conference registration also entitles you to admission to the following events:

    1. Faith and AIDS 2012 Networking Reception at Howard University on 19 July at 6pm.
    2. “We Will Speak Out Coalition” Side Event on 20 July at 6pm at Howard University.
    3. Interfaith Prayer Service at the National Cathedral on 21 July at 7pm (including transportation from Howard University and back).

    Book now via www.iacfaith.net!


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