Gearing up for World AIDS Day 2007
13 November 2007
With less than a month to go before this year's World AIDS Day, events to commemorate the day are being organized all over the world. This year, World AIDS Day—that takes place on December 1— will focus on leadership, the theme set by the World AIDS Campaign under the five-year slogan “Stop AIDS, Keep the Promise”.
World AIDS Day is a day when people from around the world come together within a single effort to raise awareness about HIV and to express global solidarity with people living with HIV. But World AIDS day is not just about raising awareness. It also provides a global opportunity to urge governments and leaders for all promises on AIDS to be kept as well as an opportunity to demonstrate commitment and action on AIDS.
In designating leadership as the World AIDS Day theme for the next two years (2007 – 2008), the World AIDS Campaign highlights both the political leadership needed to fulfill commitments that have been made in the response to AIDS – particularly the promise of universal access to treatment, prevention, care and support – and celebrating the leadership that has been witnessed at all levels of society.
In preparation for this year’s World AIDS Day, the World AIDS Campaign has produced a wide range of new materials to be used by people and organizations that want to set up their own events on World AIDS Day. These materials are available on the World AIDS Campaign Web site. World AIDS Campaign materials are intended to provide organizations who have limited resources with access to meaningful campaigning materials as well as enhancing solidarity within the global response to AIDS by working through a united effort.
The materials available consist of posters, leaflets and CD-ROMs in a number of languages, including French, Spanish, Russian, Swahili and English. Other language versions, particularly African languages, are also offered via electronic distribution. The printed posters and CD-ROMs can also be ordered from the World AIDS Campaign web site.
The web site also has a calendar of events where more and more organizations are now listing information on their planned activities for World AIDS Day so people can browse the different events planned in their country or region.
For the 2007 celebrations, the World AIDS Campaign has also produced, in collaboration with UNAIDS, a public service announcement on this year’s leadership theme that is being distributed to promote the day and/or can be shown during events.
UNAIDS founded the World AIDS Campaign originally as a loose partnership of UN agencies, governments and all sectors of civil society to campaign around specific themes related to AIDS. The World AIDS campaign is now an independent NGO based in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and is governed by a Global Steering Committee of global constituency-based AIDS networks comprised of the Global Network of People Living with HIV/AIDS, the International Community of Women Living with HIV/AIDS, the Youth Coalition, the Global Unions Programme on HIV/AIDS, the International Council of AIDS Service Organizations, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance, and the International Women’s AIDS Caucus. UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria are non-voting members.
Visit the World AIDS Campaign web site