The Alliance at AIDS 2016

AIDS 2000 changed forever the global response to AIDS, and so the course of the epidemic. In particular, it solidified the role of civil society and advocacy organisations such as the Alliance as key drivers of success for the elimination of AIDS. As this important event returns to Durban, the site of that first conference, the Alliance has a wealth of offerings.

Our goal at AIDS 2016 is to use the conference as a platform to bring together community leaders, scientists and policy influencers to promote and enhance our approach to Southern leadership, or shared leadership, and all our activities will be geared around this.

Our two signature events, both satellite sessions, in particular will highlight how shared leadership and responsibility is a means to more effectively address regional, national and local responses to HIV, health and human rights. The sessions are:

  • Adapt or fall: is civil society at risk of being left behind? This promises to be a lively debate, with key actors in the HIV response taking part. It will include a keynote address from Mark Heywood from Section 27 and be moderated by Sisonke Msimang. The event will be followed by a drinks reception to launch the Alliance Centres of Practice from 20:00-20:30.
    Date: Wednesday 20 July, 18.30–20.00, Session Room 7 

  • Respect! Choice! Diversity! This creative presentation will showcase the practical programming tools developed from Link Up.  It will be led by youth advocates from Uganda, Burundi, Ethiopia, Bangladesh and Myanmar.
    Date: Tuesday 19 July, 18.30–20.30, Session Room 5

We do hope you will put these in your Durban diary. For those unable to be at the events in person, you can follow us on twitter or Facebook for live updates from the sessions.


The Alliance also has a wide programme of other events and offerings in Durban. The highlights include:

  • Abstracts from the SHARP programme, showcasing successful work with men who have sex with men (MSM) in hostile environments, presented at the MSMGF Pre-Conference and as part of the main conference programme.
  • Shaun Mellors, Alliance Associate Director: Africa, speaking at the GNP+ led pre-conference, LIVING 2016: The Positive Leadership Summit. Shaun’s essay, ‘The Face in the Mirror’, has recently been published in the CIVICUS 2016 State of Civil Society Report.
  • Executive Director Christine Stegling co-chairing a session on community-led delivery, ‘Barriers must fall’ (Thursday 21 July,16:30-18:00, Session Room 9).
  • Latin America and the Caribbean Regional Representative Javier Hourcade Bellocq speaking at a Special Session From Commitments to Action: Implications of the 2016 UN High Level Meeting on Ending AIDS (Friday 22 July, 13:00-14:00, Session Room 1).

We also have a whole range of poster presentations, Global Village workshops, youth-led debates and workshops that have been accepted from Link Up partners, including a Leadership Workshop being organised by Georgina Caswell and Greg Gray entitled ‘Young People Are Our Future’ (Thursday 21 July, 14:30-17:00, Session Room 9).


The Alliance will have three exhibition booths.

We're changing Are you? sloganIn the exhibition marquee, our booth #374 is being managed and coordinated by the Alliance Centres of Practice and will be an opportunity for the Centres to promote their products and services. At the booth, we will be asking visitors the question 'We're changing Are you?'. This is linked to our satellite session (see above) which is questioning the role and purpose of civil society operating in the HIV response. There will be a selfie-booth - come along and have your photo taken!

In the global village, the Link Up global youth advocates will manage a booth, and Alliance for Public Health (formerly Alliance Ukraine) will have a stand to promote their Elton John AIDS Foundation project working with young people who use drugs.

Finally, don’t miss the Alliance in the Networking Zones in the Global Village, including in the SRHR/Women’s Zone and the Human Rights Zone.

Download the full list of Alliance activities here.