THE 21ST INTERNATIONAL AIDS CONFERENCE TO TAKE PLACE ON 18-22 JULY 2016
Historical global conference introduces a fresh approach to the programme
4 November 2015 - Durban, South Africa - Today the International AIDS Society (IAS) announced final dates for the 21st International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016), which will be 18-22 July 2016. The decision was made as part of a new conference approach that will more fully incorporate several pre-conference meetings into the main conference programme. AIDS 2016 will be hosted in Durban, South Africa.
The new format will offer these pre-conference meetings within the main conference venue on 16-17 July,
leading up to the Opening Session. These meetings, which have customarily been held off-site at
surrounding areas, are open to all conference delegates. Attendees will have the ability to
register online for pre-conference meetings during the AIDS 2016 registration process
as part of the package.
“This was a strategic decision to offer a more holistic format to the traditional conference set-up,”
said Chris Beyrer, IAS President and AIDS 2016 Co-Chair. “It will better enable
delegates to access the strong pre-conference programming that will be offered.”
Olive Shisana, AIDS 2016 Local Co-Chair said, “This is the second time that Durban
will be hosting the International AIDS Conference and marks a major milestone in the HIV response.
We want to create an enhanced conference experience for everyone involved.”
Every year the International AIDS Conference has a dedicated theme, this year is “Access Equity Rights
Now”. It is a call to action to work together and reach the people who still lack access to
comprehensive treatment, prevention, care and support services. For example, more than
60% of people living with HIV remain without antiretroviral therapy; women and
girls, men who have sex with men, transgender people, sex workers, young
people, and people who use drugs and other marginalized groups remain
under-prioritized in the response; investments in HIV prevention
research appear to have flattened; and widespread violations
of human rights including criminalisation continue to undermine effective responses.
AIDS 2016 is convened by five permanent partners: IAS, Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+),
The International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW), International Council of AIDS Service
Organizations (ICASO) and UNAIDS in collaboration with international and South African
scientific and civil society partners. It is expected to convene over 18,000 delegates
from around the world, including up to 1,000 journalists. Registration opens
1 December 2015. For more information visit: www.AIDS2016.org
About the International AIDS Society (IAS)
Founded in 1988, the International AIDS Society (IAS) is the world’s largest association of HIV
professionals, with members from more than 180 countries. IAS members work on all fronts of
the global response to AIDS and include researchers, clinicians, policy and programme
planners, and public health and community practitioners.
About the International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)
The International AIDS Conference is the largest conference on any global health or development issue.
First convened during the peak of the AIDS epidemic in 1985, this conference continues to provide
a unique forum for the intersection of science and advocacy, and an opportunity to strengthen
policies and programmes to ensure an evidence-based response to the epidemic. The
conference also serves as a focal point to intensify political and financial
commitments to AIDS. The next International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2016)
will be held in Durban, South Africa (18-22 July 2016).
Senior Manager, Communications, IAS
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