Global Village & Youth Programme

AIDS 2016 - Global Village
All Global Village programming is free and open to the public. There are over 200 free activities available throughout the week: sessions, exhibition booths and marketplaces, networking zones, performances, film screenings and art exhibits. No registration or application is required to attend the Global Village.

The Global Village is a diverse and vibrant space where communities gather from all over the world to meet, share and learn from each other. It is a space for communities 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 all over the world. The Global Village is open to the general public and conference delegates and admission is free.

The Global Village and Youth Activity submission period closed on 4th February 2016. All notifications will be sent after the review period by the end of April.

Global Village & Youth Programme Objectives

  • Fits the conference theme: "Access Equity Rights Now";
  • Create a vibrant cultural experience for conference delegates and the public living locally and visiting Durban;
  • Celebrate the successes of the HIV response globally or within Africa;
  • Build a productive learning and networking environment where activities focusing on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health, TB and HIV co-infection, stigma and discrimination, are prominent and valued;
  • 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;
  • Provide a space which enables leadership, human rights, active participation and visibility of key populations (KPs);
  • 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

The Global Village and Youth Programme at AIDS 2016 will feature the following types of activities:

  • Global Village Sessions feature panel discussions, debates, presentations with opportunities for Q&A and to meet 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 any of the following: 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-governmental organizations and projects with an opportunity to sell their products to generate income for reinvestment into HIV programming.
  • Art Exhibits including sculpture, installations, photography 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.


Young People at AIDS 2016

AIDS 2016 - Youth ProgrammeAt AIDS 2016 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 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.

Activities Submissions

From 1 December 2015
To 4 February 2016


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Global Village Sponsor

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