Hi, my name is Joseph Elias, and I was the Global Village Coordinator for the XIX International AIDS Conference (IAC), also known as AIDS 2012. The International AIDS Conference is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, as well as policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. The IAC bridges science, leadership and community to uncover best practices, share the most up-to-date and dynamic research and enable individuals from different sectors to collaborate to address the HIV response.
Making its debut at the 2004 IAC in Bangkok, the first Global Village was added to the conference programme to provide a space where communities from all over the world could meet, share and learn from each other. It was a resounding success and has continued to evolve ever since.