International AIDS Society

Global Village & Youth Programme

The Global Village is a diverse and vibrant space where community gathers from all over the world to meet, share and learn from each other. It is a space for community to demonstrate the application of science and good leadership. It is also a space that invites conference participants to see how science translates into community action and intervention.

The Global Village promotes networking between north and south, east and west and provides a space for displays, discussions and performances from throughout the world. The Global Village is open to the general public and conference delegates and admission is free.

Global Village & Youth Programme Objectives

As a platform for communities involved in the response to HIV, the Global Village and Youth Programme will highlight the conference theme ‘Stepping up the Pace’, focusing on the following objectives:
  1. Create a vibrant cultural experience for conference delegates and the public living locally and visiting Melbourne;
  2. Celebrate the successes of the HIV response globally and within the Asia and Pacific region;
  3. Build a productive learning and networking environment where activities focusing on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health, HIV/TB co-infection, stigma and discrimination, are prominent and valued;
  4. Bridge all areas of science, leadership and community which build and reinforce multi-sectoral partnerships, community development, youth engagement, accessible funding mechanisms, long-term planning and sustainability;
  5. Provide a space which enables leadership, human rights, active participation and visibility of key populations (KPs); and
  6. Promote the value of intergenerational exchange which fosters shared learning and counsel between people involved in the global response to HIV.

Global Village & Youth Programme Activities

Most Global Village and Youth Programme activities are based on online submissions for the following types of activities:
  • Global Village Sessions feature panel discussions, debates, presentations with opportunities for Q&A and meeting the experts. Sessions will focus on current and emerging HIV related topics, as well as priority populations.
  • Networking Zones are spaces for local and international groups which focus on thematic areas central to key populations. In these zones, groups can meet and conduct their own activities and engage delegates and the public visiting the Global Village.
  • The Main Stage is a space for live performances of music, dance and theatre that address issues in the context of either: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health, TB/HIV co-infection, stigma and discrimination and human rights. As the heart of the Global Village, the Main Stage plays a significant role in showcasing innovative and dynamic visual expressions of HIV work at the grass roots community level.
  • The Screening Room provides a space to screen films about HIV related issues, including human rights.
  • Meeting Rooms are available for small informal discussions and can be booked in advance.
  • The Youth Pavilion is the main networking space for young people. It is a space to host meetings and forums, showcase achievements of young people, facilitate networking opportunities, engage participants in dialogue and build on the momentum from the youth pre-conference.
  • NGO and Marketplace Booths showcase the work of international HIV programmes. The marketplace booths provide HIV related non-government organizations and projects with an opportunity to sell their products to generate income for reinvestment into HIV programming.
  • Art Exhibits including sculpture, installations, photos and paintings about HIV issues expressed from the grassroots level, are displayed throughout the Global Village.
  • The Community Dialogue Space is hosted by Red Ribbon Award recipients which celebrates community leadership and action on AIDS. It is a space in which conference delegates and the general public can engage with community-based and grassroots HIV organizations from around the world. It aims to influence key events and the outcomes of the conference through interactive discussions and stories about some of the victories and challenges faced by communities on the frontline. The interactive programme includes high-level dialogue sessions between civil society and international leaders, press conferences and cultural events. For more information on the Red Ribbon Award and Community Dialogue Space events at AIDS 2014, visit: http://www.redribbonaward.org/

Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group

The Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group is the official organizing body responsible for the Global Village and Youth Programme at AIDS 2014. The Working Group is involved in all aspects of the selection and planning of programme activities in this area of the conference. The Working Group is made up of people from all over the world including seven members who represent the interests of young people.

Young People at AIDS 2014

At AIDS 2014 young people will play an active role in all aspects of the conference.

Young people will not only be delegates, but activity organizers, speakers, leaders and peers. The Youth Programme will include a variety of activities designed for and by young people including cultural and educational performances, presentations, workshops and panel discussions. The Youth Pavilion and Youth Positive Lounge will provide spaces for young people to network, collaborate and showcase achievements from around the world.

While the dedicated Youth Programme aims to provide a platform for young people to participate in youth-specific activities at the conference, one of the key objectives of the programme is to also promote the value of intergenerational exchange between older and younger populations of people involved in the global response to HIV– in this way we encourage all young participants to engage in all parts of the conference program as well as youth-specific activities.

For more information on how young people can get involved at AIDS 2014, click here and visit the Melbourne Youth Force webpage.

Melbourne Youth Force

The Melbourne Youth Force (MYF) is a network of young people from around the world committed to shaping the next generation’s response HIV. For the past six International AIDS Conferences there has been an active ‘Youth Force’ involved in organising various aspects of the youth programme and mobilising young leaders to attend.

In 2014, the MYF will be the primary network for young people to work together with the International AIDS Society and the Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group in the lead-up to the conference to shape the strategic direction of youth activities and participation of young people in and around AIDS 2014.

Youth Pre-Conference

The Melbourne 2014 Youth Pre-Conference is a joint initiative of the Melbourne Youth Force and YEAH, the Australian-based partner supporting the local work of the MYF. Open to all young people attending AIDS 2014, the Pre-Conference will focus on information sharing and skills building for young people around the political, scientific, economic and social context of HIV/AIDS.

Facilitating the participation of young people at AIDS 2014, the Youth Pre-Conference aims to empower young people to be effective advocates for youth throughout the conference and beyond. In 2014, the Youth Pre-Conference will be held at the Victorian State Library in Melbourne from 18th-19th July.

For more information on how you can get involved with the Melbourne Youth Force or details about how the register to attend the Youth Pre-Conference read the MYF How to Get Involved Guidelines or visit the Melbourne Youth Force webpage.

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Young People and HIV

Around the world there are an estimated 35.3 million people currently living with HIV.1 Over 5 million of these are young people aged between 15-24.2 Nearly 40% of all new HIV infections occur in people under the age of 253 and young women aged 15-24 have infection rates twice as high as the same age group of young men4 with at least 50 young women newly infected with HIV every hour.5

Young people remain the most vulnerable group to HIV infection due to many factors, including lack of information, education, societal influences, and inability to access healthcare services. While the global number of HIV related deaths fell by 30% from 2005-2012, deaths among adolescents increased by 50%.6

In at least 67 countries, there are laws or regulations that keep young people from accessing HIV prevention services,7 and UNAIDS reports that HIV treatment coverage for children was half of the coverage for adults in 2012.8 17.8 million children have lost one or both parents to AIDS, approximately 14.8 million are from Sub-Saharan Africa and over half of these end up living with their grandparents.9

In the Asia Pacific Region, data suggests that a significant proportion of new HIV infections within key populations at higher risk are among young people under the age of 25.10 41% of people who have recently become HIV positive are younger than 25 years.11  Statistics indicate that 95% of all new HIV infections in young people in the region are among young people from key affected populations—young female sex workers, young men who have sex with men, and adolescent drug users.12

Australia has been involved over many years in the global push to move towards the end of AIDS and a HIV free generation. With a strong focus on biomedical research for prevention and treatment and community-led education campaigns, it is recognised that the goal of an AIDS-free generation cannot be achieved without engaging and empowering young people to take leadership in all areas of the global response.


Youth Programme


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Webinar Materials

Global Village and Youth Programme
26 November 2013

Visit the AIDS 2014 webinar page to watch the video and to download the PowerPoint presentation.

Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group

Mohammed Barry, CCC (Gambia)
Marama Pala, CPC (New Zealand)

Philipose Anandita (India)
Bill Bowtell, LAPC (Australia)
James Gray, (Australia)
Prasad Lalit, (Fiji)
Ken Moala, (Samoa)
Cristina Jade Peña, (USA)
Alischa Ross, (Australia)
Justine Sass, SPC (Thailand)
Khartini Slamah, CCC and CPC (Malaysia)
Olena Stryzhak, (Ukraine)

Contact Details
Global Village and Youth Programme Team

Global Village Sponsor

The Global Village gratefully acknowledges the generous support provided by its principal sponsor, Positive Action

Youth Pavilion Sponsor

The Youth Pavilion gratefully acknowledges the generous support provided by the its official sponsor, Oil Search

Melbourne Youth Force

The Melbourne Youth Force (MYF) is a coalition of young people from across the globe who support a youth-orientated global HIV response