Global Village and Youth Programme

Global Village and Youth Programme submissions are open

Submissions for Global Village and Youth Programme activities may be submitted through your conference profile until 27 January 2022 (23:59 CET). If you have any questions about submitting proposals or the AIDS 2022 Global Village and Youth Programme in general, please refer to the FAQs or contact [email protected].

The Global Village is a diverse and vibrant space where communities from all over the world gather to meet, share and learn from each other. It intersects the main conference programme, blending scientific sessions with cultural activities, live performances, networking zones, NGO booths, marketplace booths and art exhibits. Here, communities can demonstrate the application of science and good leadership, and the public in the conference host area are invited to see how science translates into community action and intervention. The Global Village and Youth Programme is created from public applications from a diverse range of individuals, groups and organizations for a variety of activities. A team of reviewers will score all proposals submitted for the Global Village and Youth Programme based on a blind scoring system.

The Global Village activities

Art exhibits will include sculptures, installations, photography and paintings about HIV issues by professional and amateur artists. The art will be exhibited throughout the Global Village area in Montreal. Those artists who are interested will also have the opportunity to upload visual and audio material to the virtual conference platform for on-demand viewing.

Films flagging HIV-related issues, including relevant areas, such as sexual and reproductive health, HIV and co-infections, stigma and discrimination, and human rights, will also be available for both in-person and virtual participants. Scheduled screenings will take place in the Global Village while films will also be available on-demand on the virtual conference platform.

Live performances will display music, dance and theatre that address issues in the context of any of the following: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections; sexual and reproductive health; HIV and co-infections; stigma and discrimination; and human rights. The live performances will take place in Montreal on the main stage and be filmed for replay on the virtual conference platform.

Marketplace booths provide HIV-related non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and projects with an opportunity to sell their products to generate income for reinvestment into HIV programming and will take place only in-person in Montreal.

Networking zones are spaces where local and international groups can meet and discuss specific thematic areas and will take place only in-person in Montreal.

NGO booths highlight the work of international civil society-led HIV programmes and will take place only in-person in Montreal. However, if representatives wish, their organizations will be listed with contact information on the virtual conference platform, similar to the commercial exhibition.

Sessions feature panel discussions, debates and presentations, with opportunities for Q&As. They will focus on current and emerging HIV-related topics, often with specific emphasis on key and affected populations. Speakers and panellists in these one-hour sessions can either be present on stage or connect remotely and be visible live on screen. These sessions will be streamed live on the AIDS 2022 virtual platform, where conference delegates will also be able to access them for subsequent on-demand viewing. Audience engagement will be through the Q&A feature of the virtual platform and/or using session room audio, as per the choice of the session organizer.

Youth Programme activities

Young people will play an active role in all aspects of AIDS 2022. Young people will not only be delegates; they will also be activity organizers, speakers, leaders and peers. The Youth Programme includes a variety of activities designed for and by young people, happening in Montreal and also on the conference platform. Activities include cultural and educational performances, presentations, workshops and panel discussions. The Youth Pavilion is the main networking space for young people. It is a space to host youth-led and youth-related meetings and forums that highlight achievements of young people, facilitate networking opportunities and engage participants in dialogue. Activities will be structured in a similar way to those of the Global Village.

The dedicated Youth Programme is aimed at providing a space for young people to participate in youth-specific activities at the conference. Another key objective is to promote the value of intergenerational exchange between older and younger people involved in the global response to HIV. In this way, we encourage all young participants to engage in all parts of the conference programme, as well as youth-specific activities, in Montreal and virtually.

FAQs

The Global Village at AIDS 2022, the 24th International AIDS Conference, is a diverse and vibrant space where communities from all over the world gather in-person and virtually to meet, share and learn from each other. It intersects the main conference programme, blending scientific sessions with cultural activities, live performances, networking zones, NGO booths, marketplace booths and art exhibits. Here, communities can demonstrate the application of science and good leadership, and conference participants are invited to see how science translates into community action and intervention.

Young people will play an active role in all aspects of AIDS 2022. Young people will not only be delegates; they will also be activity organizers, speakers, leaders and peers. The Youth Programme includes a variety of activities designed for and by young people, happening in Montreal and also on the conference platform. Activities include cultural and educational performances, presentations, workshops and panel discussions. The Youth Pavilion is the main networking space for young people. It is a space to host youth-led and youth-related meetings and forums that highlight achievements of young people, facilitate networking opportunities and engage participants in dialogue. Activities will be structured in a similar way to those of the Global Village.

The dedicated Youth Programme is aimed at providing a platform for young people to participate in youth-specific activities at the conference. Another key objective is to promote the value of intergenerational exchange between older and younger people involved in the global response to HIV. In this way, we encourage all young participants to engage in all parts of the conference programme, as well as youth-specific activities, in Montreal, Canada, and virtually.

The Global Village is part of AIDS 2022, which will be organized as a hybrid event to take place in-person at the Palais des congrès de Montréal in Montreal, Canada, and virtually from 29 July to 2 August 2022.

The Global Village and Youth Programme is created from public applications from a diverse range of individuals, groups and organizations for a variety of activities.

Main organizers of a Global Village and Youth Programme activity will be granted one conference registration but must cover their own travel and accommodation expenses.

However, AIDS 2022 Global Village and Youth Programme activity organizers who need financial assistance to attend the conference are encouraged to apply to the AIDS 2022 Scholarship Programme. A limited number of scholarships that can include registration, travel and accommodation support are available; therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek other or additional funding sources. If any Global Village and Youth Programme activity co-organizers also require financial assistance, they should submit a separate scholarship application.

Visit the AIDS 2022 scholarship page for more information. Applications to the Scholarship Programme close on 31 January 2022.

Main organizers of a Global Village and Youth Programme activity will be granted one conference registration but must ensure their own internet accessibility.

However, AIDS 2022 Global Village and Youth Programme activity organizers who need assistance to access the conference virtually are encouraged to apply to the AIDS 2022 Scholarship Programme. A limited number of scholarships that include data packages and, in some instances, hardware, are available for virtual participants; therefore, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek other or additional funding sources. If any Global Village and Youth Programme activity co-organizers also require financial assistance, they should submit a separate scholarship application.

Visit the AIDS 2022 scholarship page for more information. Applications to the Scholarship Programme close on 31 January 2022.

Activity organizer(s) must cover costs of shipment of goods and setting up of activities. We will provide advice on shipping once successful applicants accept their invitation to run their activity in the AIDS 2022 Global Village and Youth Programme.

Activity organizer(s) must cover these costs.

Main organizers of a Global Village and Youth Programme activity will be granted one conference registration. Additional organizers will need to register to access the conference in-person in Montreal and/or virtually. Please check the conference website for more information on the registration process.

This depends on the type of activity. You will find details regarding sizes of activity areas in the application form for Global Village and Youth Programme activities and in the Global Village and Youth Programme submission guidelines.

The Global Village is a space to present activities from communities worldwide. With the exception of marketplace booths, it is not a fundraising event. However, it is a great opportunity to connect with donors and leaders, network and exchange experiences.

Selection criteria are described in the Global Village and Youth Programme submission guidelines.

A team of reviewers will score all applications for the Global Village and Youth Programme based on a blind scoring system. The programme activity reviewers are your peers: people living with HIV, scientists, activists, policy makers, healthcare workers, community activists, educators and other people who work in areas related to HIV. Following the review period, the Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group will finalize the programme for all Global Village and Youth Programme-related activities.

Notifications will be sent to successful and unsuccessful applicants by the beginning of April 2022.