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Action Alert: Join People of Faith at the 20th International AIDS Conference

13. May 2014

    Early registration for the Interfaith Pre-Conference ends this Friday, 16 May


    “Stepping Up in Faith: The Interfaith Pre-Conference on HIV” will take place from 18-19 July at the Catholic Leadership Centre in Melbourne. The pre-conference will offer opportunities for theological reflection, sharing of good practices, skills building, advocacy and interfaith collaboration. More information about the pre-conference program is available at www.iacfaith.org/preconference.


    Book your place at the pre-conference via https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=1532701.


    The following early bird tickets are available until 16 May 2014:

    1. USD 250 for residents of World Bank Classified High-Income Countries
    2. USD 175 for residents of Australia and New Zealand
    3. USD 150 for residents of World Bank Classified Middle- and Low-Income Countries


    Registration fees will increase to USD 300, USD 225, and USD 200 respectively from 17 May to 30 June. Pre-conference registration will close on 30 June.


    Pre-conference registration includes:

    • participation in all pre-conference sessions on 18 and 19 July;
    • lunch on 19 July and tea and coffee breaks on 18 and 19 July;
    • invaluable networking opportunities with faith-based participants from around the world.

    Accommodation and travel arrangements must be booked separately. For more information on accommodation in Melbourne, visit aids2014.org/Default.aspx.


    Submit a workshop proposal for the Interfaith Pre-Conference


    At the pre-conference, there will be space for 6-8 workshop sessions on Saturday, 19 July. While a diverse range of workshop proposals will be considered, proposals that specifically deal with the following themes of the pre-conference are especially encouraged: (1) zero new HIV infections; (2) zero AIDS-related deaths; (3) zero stigma and discrimination; (4) health for all; (5) dignity for all; (6) justice for all.


    The deadline to submit a workshop proposal is 23 May. For more information, visit iac.ecumenicaladvocacy.org/submit-a-workshop-proposal-for-the-interfaith-pre-conference.


    Sign up for an Exposure Visit at the Interfaith Pre-Conference


    Participants in the Interfaith Pre-Conference will have the opportunity to visit one of two local HIV and AIDS organizations the morning of Friday, 18 July, prior to the opening session of the pre-conference. Participants will gather at 11 AM at the Catholic Leadership Centre for a short walk or tram ride to the host organizations.


    Each visit is open to 20 people, and sign-up is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for an exposure visit, please send an e-mail to bjohnson@e-alliance.ch stating your first and second choice for the visit. While there is no additional cost associated with the exposure visits, donations given to the organizations during your visit are highly appreciated.


    For more information on exposure visits, check out iac.ecumenicaladvocacy.org/sign-up-for-exposure-visits-at-the-interfaith-pre-conference.


    Participate in the Faith Networking Zone at the Global Village


    Help us build an innovative, informative and inclusive Faith Networking Zone at this year’s International AIDS Conference, 20-25 July. Submit your ideas for events, prayers, workshops, music, dance, theatre, posters, displays and more by 6 June 2014 to bjohnson@e-alliance.ch. Applications from participants and organizations from all faith traditions are warmly encouraged, as are applications from local faith communities in Melbourne.


    We are also looking for a team of volunteers to help staff the Zone and ensure that the program runs smoothly. Contact bjohnson@e-alliance.ch if you can help in this way. Time commitment for volunteers will range from 2 to 20 hours throughout the duration of the conference.


    More information is available at iac.ecumenicaladvocacy.org/call-for-session-proposals-faith-networking-zone.


    Schedule Prayer in the Interfaith Prayer Room


    A team of 10 Interfaith Chaplains will be present at the International AIDS Conference to offer confidential, spiritual counseling for all delegates. An Interfaith Prayer Room will also be provided for conference delegates at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre, to offer time for quiet reflection, prayer and meditation. For more information on the Interfaith Prayer Room, or to schedule a prayer time for your faith tradition, contact Dr Christoph Mann at christoph.e.mann@t-online.de.


    Save the Date: Interfaith Prayer Service on 22 July


    An Interfaith Prayer Service will be held on Tuesday, 22 July at 19h00, immediately following the International AIDS Memorial Candlelight Vigil. The Interfaith Prayer Service will be held at St. Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne. More details will be available soon!


    Will you be coordinating or presenting content at the International AIDS Conference?


    If you will be presenting in an abstract driven session, poster session, skills building workshop, Global Village session, satellite session or affiliated event during the International AIDS Conference, please send details of your event to bjohnson@e-alliance.ch to be included in the faith-based road map and publicized on the website www.iacfaith.org.


    Be sure to regularly check the website www.iacfaith.org for the latest information on faith-based participation in the International AIDS Conference and subscribe to updates.

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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