The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) will be held in Melbourne, Australia, from 20-25 July 2014. These conferences, held every two years, draw more than 20,000 people working in the field of HIV, as well as people living with HIV, policy makers and others committed to ending the epidemic. They provide extensive opportunities for sharing and networking across all levels of care and response to the epidemic.
Since the 15th International AIDS Conference in Bangkok, Thailand (AIDS 2004), the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance has led the facilitation of an Interfaith Chaplains Programme. In partnership with the International AIDS Society (IAS), a room at the conference venue has been designated as Interfaith Prayer Room and is open and accessible to all conference participants. Subsequently, interfaith chaplains have been retained to lead faith-based prayer and worship sessions during the conference, and to occasionally be available for informal counseling and spiritual support to conference participants.
The Interfaith Chaplains Programme and Interfaith Prayer Room will once again be offered at the 20th International AIDS Conference. Dr Christoph Mann will be serving as chaplains coordinator. An additional 10 religious leaders from around the world will be selected to participate in the chaplains programme.
While the 10 chaplains will be responsible for arranging their own transportation to and accommodation in Melbourne, and visa and conference registration fees, the International AIDS Society is pleased to offer chaplains a significantly reduced conference registration fee. This will be USD 200 for chaplains from low- and middle-income countries and USD 310 for chaplains from high-income countries, a savings of up to USD 435 and USD 555 respectively. To secure the special rate, chaplains must register for the conference by 2 May 2014. Selected chaplains who have already registered in a higher category will be refunded the difference of their conference registration fees by the International AIDS Society.
Interfaith chaplains can expect to volunteer 10-20 hours during the week of 20-25 July 2014. The remainder of the time is free to attend conference sessions and participate in affiliated events. A programme for the Interfaith Prayer Room and schedule for Interfaith Chaplains will be further developed prior to the conference.
If you would like to be considered for the 2014 Interfaith Chaplains Programme, please complete the application form linked below and return it to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 23 April 2014. You may also attach your C.V. along with your application.