Restless Development at the International AIDS Conference in Vienna

05 Aug 10

Restless Development and dance4life took to the streets of Vienna this month to talk HIV and AIDS with some of the most influential and active HIV and AIDS campaigners in the world!

Every 2 years the International AIDS Conference brings together people working in the field of HIV and AIDS around the world. It is a massive gathering of decision makers, HIV positive people, researchers, activists and people committed to ending the pandemic. The theme of this year’s conference in Vienna was Human Rights Right Now and the speakers, discussion panels and actions that took place at the conference all focussed on this. The global village with lots of engaging stalls and activities aimed at informing young people about the issues that surround HIV today.

Keeping the promise

2010 is the year that the world leaders who signed the MDGs agreed that all people living with HIV should receive universal access to treatment. Six million HIV positive people still do not have access to treatment though. This issue was raised at the Vienna conference as the pharmaceutical companies producing HIV treatment all attended (ARV is the drug that prolongs life for people living with HIV).

Training young people to be leaders in development: Restless Development is very proud to have led training on advocacy skills for young people from all over the world in the global village; some amazing young people who will now be not only leading advocacy efforts about HIV and its impact, but running training session in their home countries about what they learnt.

While we were there we also were involved in:

  • huge march through the streets of Vienna demanding universal access to treatment (see picture below)
  • making condom badges
  • a condom party!

Vienne AIDS conference - march