International AIDS Society

Global Village

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 Objectives

As a platform for communities involved in the response to HIV, the Global Village programme will highlight the conference theme ‘Turning the Tide Together’, focusing on the following objectives:
  1. Promote the diversity of actors, and learnings involved in the US and global response to HIV.
  2. Present a balanced Global Village programme that brings the science, leadership and community sectors together. The programme will include debates, workshops, discussions and public opportunities to learn, connect, and celebrate through culture and art.
  3. Promote the leadership of People Living with HIV through meaningful involvement and opportunities to strengthen their voice.
  4. Provide a platform to keep the focus on community and to stimulate the development of partnerships and shared learnings with a variety of stakeholders, including policy makers and scientists.
  5. Engage under-represented communities through dynamic and multi-sector activities to ensure that key populations are connected to AIDS2012 and to each other
Global Village Activities

Most Global Village activities will be based on online submissions for the following types of activities:
  • Global Village Sessions will feature panel discussions, debates and presentations with opportunities for Q&A. Sessions will focus on current and emerging HIV topics, as well as priority populations and geographic regions.
  • Networking Zones are spaces for local and international groups focused on particular populations or geographic regions. In these areas groups can meet and conduct their own activities and engage with delegates and the public visiting the Global Village.
  • The Main Stage is a space for live performances of music, dance and theatre that address HIV issues in the context of treatment and care, human rights, gender, culture and other key issues. As the heart of the Global Village, the Main Stage plays a significant role in showcasing some of the innovative and dynamic visual components of HIV work at community level.
  • The Video Lounge provides a space to screen videos and documentaries about HIV and human rights.
  • Meeting Rooms will be available for small informal discussions and may 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 carry on the momentum from the youth pre-conference.
  • NGO and Marketplace Booths will showcase the impact of poverty reduction efforts on HIV care and prevention programmes and will offer NGOs an opportunity to sell their products to generate income.
  • Art Exhibits including sculpture, installations, photos and paintings about HIV issues at the grassroots level will be on display throughout the Global Village.
  • The Community Dialogue Space is a venue 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 Community Dialogue Space will be hosted by the 2012 Red Ribbon winning organizations. The interactive programme includes high- level dialogue sessions between civil society and international leaders each day, press conferences and cultural events.
Global Village and Youth Programme Selections

AIDS 2012 received 1,025 programme activity proposals for consideration, representing a 34% increase over AIDS 2010. After an intensive review process, 280 programme activity proposals (27%) were accepted for inclusion in the AIDS 2012 programme. Global Village and Youth Programme proposals were initially reviewed by members of the Global Village and Youth Programme Working Groups and a team of nominated reviewers. Both working groups include members of the Community Programme Committee, Leadership and Accountability Programme Committee and the Scientific Programme Committee. Each proposal was scored by at least two reviewers using a confidential, blind scoring system. In late March, members of the groups met to review the highest scoring proposals and select the components of the Global Village and Youth Programme.

The selection committees worked hard to select high-quality applications and ensure diversity among topics, regions and key affected populations.

How can you get involved?
  • Get the latest AIDS 2012 Global Village updates through our social media sites. Twitter: @GVAIDS2012 and remember to tweet using #globalvillage2012.
  • Sign up for the AIDS 2012 monthly eUpdate.


Programme Activities

Click here to download the printed Global Village and Youth Programmes. For more information see the Programme-at-a-Glance

Submission Guidelines

Click here to access the Global Village Submission Guidelines.


For questions on the Global Village, please visit our FAQ page.

Global Village Working Group

Miriam Edwards, CPC (Guyana)
Nicci Stein, CPC (Canada)

Rodrigo Pascal, CPC (UNAIDS)
Shanti Singh-Anthony, LAPC (Guyana)
Dazon Dixon-Diallo, SPC – Track D (USA)
Marcus Day, CCC (St. Lucia)
Allegra Cermak, (USA)
Lihle Dlamini, (South Africa)
Sergio Farfán, (USA)
Roshan Mahato, (Nepal)
Shari Margolese, (Canada)
Amani Massoud, (Egypt)
Joel Nana, (Cameroon)
Tinselyn Simms-Hall, (USA)

Global Village Sponsor

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