22nd International AIDS Conference
Amsterdam, Netherlands | 23-27 July 2018

Global Village & Youth Programme

The Global Village is a diverse and vibrant space where communities gather from all over the world 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, creating a space for communities to demonstrate the application of science and good leadership. It is also a space that invites conference participants to see how science translates into community action and intervention.

The Global Village is open to the general public and conference delegates and admission is free. At AIDS 2018, the Global Village will be located in Hall 5 and Amtrium 1 and 2 of the RAI Amsterdam, forming a space over 8,000m2.

The Global Village and Youth Programme is created from public applications from diverse individuals, groups and organizations, for a variety of activities. Those activities are reviewed and scored by the Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group before final selection.

If you are interested in submitting a Global Village and Youth Activity, please note that the submission period opens on 1st December 2017 and closes on 5th February 2018. More information about the application process, including guidelines and recommendations, will be available here by mid-November 2017. If you have any questions about applications or the Global Village at AIDS 2018, please contact [email protected].

By submitting a Global Village and Youth Activity for AIDS 2018, applicants are eligible to apply for the AIDS 2018 Scholarship Programme. Because a limited number of scholarships are available, applicants are strongly encouraged to seek other/additional funding sources. Please also note that Global Village applicants eligible for scholarship consideration are limited to those submitted as main organizers. For more information, please visit AIDS 2018 Scholarship Programme.

Global Village & Youth Programme activities

  • Global Village Sessions feature workshops, panel discussions, debates, presentations with opportunities for Q&A. Sessions will focus on current and emerging HIV related topics, as well as priority populations.
  • Networking Zones are spaces where local and international groups can meet and focus on thematic areas. In these zones, groups can conduct their own activities and engage delegates and the public visiting the Global Village.
  • The Main Stage is a space for live performances of music, dance and theatre that address issues in the context of any of the following: HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health, TB/HIV co-infection, stigma and discrimination and human rights. As the heart of the Global Village, the Main Stage plays a significant role in showcasing innovative and dynamic visual expressions of HIV work at the grass roots community level.
  • The Screening Room provides a space to screen films about HIV related issues, including human rights.
  • 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, showcase achievements of young people, facilitate networking opportunities, engage participants in dialogue and build on the momentum from the youth pre-conference.
  • NGO and Marketplace Booths showcase the work of international HIV programmes. NGO Booths allow AIDS service organizations and grassroots, community-based organizations to display materials and share their work, programming, resources and strategies. The Marketplace Booths provide HIV related non-governmental organizations and projects with an opportunity to sell their products to generate income for reinvestment into HIV programming.
  • Art Exhibits including sculptures, installations, photography and paintings about HIV issues expressed by both professional and amateur artists are displayed throughout the Global Village.
  • The Community Dialogue Space is hosted by Red Ribbon Award recipients, which celebrates community leadership and action on AIDS. It is a space in which conference delegates and the general public can engage with community-based and grassroots HIV organizations from around the world. It aims to influence key events and the outcomes of the conference through interactive discussions and stories about some of the victories and challenges faced by communities on the frontline. The interactive programme includes high-level dialogue sessions between civil society and international leaders, press conferences and cultural events. UNAIDS is responsible for all programming in the Community Dialogue Space.

Young people at AIDS 2018

At AIDS 2018 young people will play an active role in all aspects of the conference.

Young people will not only be delegates, but activity organizers, speakers, leaders and peers. The Youth Programme will include a variety of activities designed for and by young people including cultural and educational performances, presentations, workshops and panel discussions. The Youth Pavilion will provide spaces for young people to network, collaborate and showcase achievements from around the world.

While the dedicated Youth Programme aims to provide a platform for young people to participate in youth-specific activities at the conference, one of the key objectives of the programme is also to promote the value of inter-generational exchange between older and younger populations of people involved in the global response to HIV. In this way we encourage all young participants to engage in all parts of the conference program as well as youth-specific activities.

They develop, for instance, the Global Village and Youth Programme objectives and the selection criteria, on top of supervising the selection process for Global Village and Youth Programme (GVYP) 2018 applications. They ensure the programme is balanced across all activities, either from a regional, key-population, gender or youth perspective.

Activities submissions

From 1 December 2017 to 5 February 2018



Contact the Global Village & Youth Programme team

[email protected]