Local office to work with DC-area community and across the U.S. to engage diverse audiences
21 March 2011 (Washington, DC) - Marking another key milestone in the lead up to the XIX International AIDS
Conference (AIDS 2012), the conference’s local office is open and actively engaged in outreach activities and logistical
preparations for the biennial conference expected to convene more than 20,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries. AIDS 2012
will be held in Washington, DC from 22 to 27 July 2012 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The conference
website, www.aids2012.org, is also live.
"The local office is the focal point for our activities in Washington, DC and in the U.S. as we prepare for AIDS
2012," said Elly Katabira, International Chair of AIDS 2012 and President of the International AIDS Society (IAS). "Given
the tremendous enthusiasm about the return of the conference to the United States and to Washington, DC, we opened the local
office earlier in the organizing process than we normally do and are already seeing tremendous levels of activity and energy
that we intend to build on over the next 16 months."
Tiffany Chester, who most recently worked for Destination DC, the city's official convention and visitors' bureau, is head
of the office. Under the leadership of the international conference secretariat based in Geneva, the local office will liaise with local
officials and interested stakeholders, conduct outreach in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area and in communities across the U.S.,
help coordinate conference volunteers, and work with local media.
"This period leading up to the conference provides an important opportunity to raise the profile of the HIV/AIDS responses
in the host city and country and to get more people actively involved," said Dr. Diane Havlir, U.S. Co-Chair of AIDS 2012. "The AIDS
2012 Conference Coordinating Committee is especially committed to highlighting the disparities in access to HIV care in the U.S. and the
disproportionate impact that HIV has on African Americans and other communities of colour in Washington, DC and the country as a whole."
The conference leadership and the local office are working closely with local and national organizations, local and federal
officials, and the hospitality industry to plan for AIDS 2012. "The response to date from the community demonstrates how eager the city
is to use the conference as an opportunity for progress," said Chester. "We look forward to working with the DC Community Coalition,
the recently announced Mayor's Host Committee and a wide range of local and national organizations to ensure that we involve the
broadest possible array of people in the conference and heighten its impact to the greatest extent possible."
Conference registration, individual hotel reservations, and abstract submissions will open in December 2011. As more
details about these and other matters become available, they will be posted at www.aids2012.org.
The International AIDS Conference is the largest gathering of professionals working in the field of HIV, including people
living with HIV and other leaders in the HIV response. It plays a fundamental role in shaping the global response to HIV and in
keeping HIV and AIDS on the international political agenda.
AIDS 2012 is convened by the International AIDS Society and the conference’s permanent partners are the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+); the
International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO); the International Community of Women with HIV/AIDS (ICW)
and the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS).
The U.S.-based Black AIDS Institute; the District of Columbia Department of Health (DOH); the HIV Medicine Association
(HIVMA) of the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA); the National Institutes of Health (NIH); the Office of
National AIDS Policy (ONAP) at the White House; and the U.S. Positive Women’s Network (USPWN) are serving as local partners.
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of the epidemic, as well as policy and programme planners. The IAS is the custodian of the biennial International AIDS Conference and lead organizer of the IAS
Conference on HIV Pathogenesis, Treatment and Prevention, which will be held in Rome, Italy in July 2011. www.iasociety.org | http://www.ias2011.org
Tiffany Chester (Washington, D.C.)
Head of Local Secretariat
Tel: 011 202-442-8391
Scott Sanders (Washington, D.C.)
AIDS 2012 Communications Consultant
Tel: 001 202-332-2303/ 011 202-486-8761
For more information about this release:
Sian Bowen (Geneva, Switzerland)
Senior Communications Manager, IAS
Tel: +41 22 710 0864
Lindsey Rodger (Geneva, Switzerland)
Communications and Media Officer,
Tel: +41 22 710 0822
For general inquiries:
Tel: +41 22 710 0800
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