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Y-PEER AIDS 2014 Conference Guidelines


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The official guidelines of the International Network of Y-PEER for the AIDS 2014 Conference.

The official guidelines of the International Network of Y-PEER for the AIDS 2014 Conference.

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  • 2. What is the International AIDS Conference? The International AIDS Conference is a primary global gathering for those who work in many fields related to HIV and AIDS. In 1985, the first AIDS Conference was held in Altanta and brought together a small gathering of researchers. The now bi-annual International AIDS Conference has grown into one of the largest global health gatherings in the world, attracting up to 25,000 delegates representing every country on the globe. The conference in attended by:  Policy makers  Global leaders  Heads of State  Community leaders  Medical Researchers  Social Scientists  People living with HIV  Faith-based networks The conference creates a platform to share the latest research findings across a vast range of topics that impact HIV and AIDS including: treatments, social prevention strategies, the development of the vaccine, human rights and global economics. Thousands of individuals and organizations who attend, come together to evaluate, share and debate the latest bio-medical and social science developments, community programs and interventions, reflect on lessons learnt, and create a road map for new global priorities in combating HIV and AIDS and ending this pandemic. World leaders and other high profile people who have attended...  Nelson Mandela  Bill and Melinda Gates  President Bill Clinton and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton  President of the World Bank Jim Yong Kim  Sir Elton John  Former President of Ireland and United Nations High  Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson  Executive Director of UNAIDS Michael Sidibé  Whoopi Goldberg  Annie Lennox  Princess of Norway Mette-Marit  Alicia Keys  South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlant
  • 3. AIDS 2014 Aims This year the 20th International AIDS Conference, AIDS 2014 will be held in Melbourne, Australia to assess progress on the global HIV response and its future direction. AIDS 2014 is expected to convene over 14,000 delegates from nearly 200 countries, including up to 1,000 journalists. The conference will be held from 20-25 July 2014 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. The International AIDS Society, the world's leading independent association of HIV professionals, with more than 16,000 members in 194 countries, is organizing AIDS 2014 in collaboration with international and local partners. AIDS 2014 Melbourne Declaration signatories and endorsers call immediate and unified opposition to discriminatory and stigmatizing practices and urge all parties to take a more equitable and effective approach through the following actions:  Governments must repeal repressive laws and end policies that reinforce discriminatory/stigmatizing practices that increase the vulnerability to HIV, while also passing laws that actively promote equality.  Decision makers must not use international health meetings or conferences as a platform to promote discriminatory laws and policies that undermine health and wellbeing.  The exclusion of organizations that promote intolerance and discrimination including sexism, homophobia, and transphobia against individuals or groups, from donor funding for HIV programmes.  All healthcare providers must demonstrate the implementation of non- discriminatory policies as a prerequisite for future HIV programme funding.  Restrictions on funding, such as the anti-prostitution pledge and the ban on purchasing needles and syringes, must be removed as they actively impede the struggle to combat HIV, sexually transmitted infections, and hepatitis C among sex workers and people who inject drugs.
  • 4. GET INVOLVED IN AIDS 2014! Submit an Abstract Emerging and established researchers are encouraged to submit a late breaker abstract to one or more of the five scientific tracks between 24 April and 15 May 2014. For detailed descriptions of each scientific track, please visit the track scope and objectives page and to submit a late breaker abstract, login to the conference profile. For more information on abstracts please visit or contact Host an Affiliated Independent Event Are you planning an event in or around Melbourne that coincides with AIDS 2014? If so, why not link it to the conference as an Affiliated Independent Event? In the past, Affiliated Independent Events have included meetings, forums, cultural events, galas and performances. Affiliated Independent Events should reflect and/or support the vision and goals of the conference whilst addressing HIV and AIDS, co-infections or issues faced by individuals or organizations affected by or responding to HIV and AIDS. The Affiliated Independent Events application form is accessible through the online conference profile; submissions now are open. These events should not conflict time-wise with the official conference programme. More information on Affiliated Independent Events is available here. You can also contact
  • 5. Showcase your products and services in the Exhibition Area AIDS 2014 offers unparalleled opportunities to both commercial and non-commercial organizations to showcase their products and services to the largest gathering of HIV professionals in the world. Exhibition space costs USD 475 per square metre for both commercial and non-commercial organizations. Exhibitors can then build their own booth or will be able to purchase a standard booth, available in two sizes - 9 and 18 sqm. For more information, visit or contact the Exhibition Department at For more information on Exhibitors benefits and options please download the Commercial Invitation. Host a satellite session in the conference venue Conference organizers make satellite slots available in the conference centre for a fee, which is based on the room capacity and the time slot, and will allocate slots according to availability on the conference programme. These satellite meetings are fully organized and coordinated by the organization hosting the satellite, but the contents and speakers of the satellite meetings will be reviewed to ensure that they meet the scientific and ethical principles of the conference. More information on satellite sessions is available here. Become a conference donor Conference organizers rely heavily on contributions from a range of sources to fund AIDS 2014. There are many different ways for sponsors to showcase their programmes and
  • 6. expertise, ranging from preparing an exhibition booth, organizing a satellite meeting, or becoming an official AIDS 2014 sponsor. We offer sponsorship packages at five different levels, from $5,000 to $100,000, as well as various unique sponsorship opportunities. To tailor to specific needs we also offer customizable packages which can include a combination of cash sponsorship, in-kind contributions, and/or marketing support. Being an AIDS 2014 sponsor puts your company’s name, brand, messaging, programmes and initiatives in front of each attendee and thousands more worldwide who will experience the conference through media coverage, social media, conference hubs, and official affiliated events. For more information please download the AIDS 2014 Commercial Invitation or contact Wouter Kruijs at at our Geneva office. For those in Australia, please contact Sonja Basic at the AIDS 2014 Secretariat in Melbourne at Network of Global Village The Global Village is the only area of the conference which is open to the general public: admission is free, and conference delegates and non-delegates alike can enjoy this diverse and vibrant space where community gathers from all over the world to meet, share and learn from each other. The Global Village will host sessions, film screenings, performances, art exhibitions, marketplace booths and community dialogue space. Networking Zones are also a key part of the programme and allow groups focused on particular populations or geographic regions to meet and engage with delegates and the public visiting the Global Village.
  • 7. Take part in the AIDS 2014 Youth Programme The Youth Pavilion in the Global Village is the main networking space for young people at AIDS 2014. The pavilion will host a diverse programme of sessions, workshops and exhibitions. Other youth related activities, include the Youth Pre-Conference, and reception (Melbourne, 18-19 July 2014). For more information please contact Bring the conference to your community with a Conference Hub If you and your organization can’t attend AIDS 2014 in person, you can still bring the conference expertise and materials to your community by hosting an AIDS 2014 conference hub. These conference hubs are “mini conferences” held in conjunction with the international conference by local organizations active in the AIDS response. More information is available here. You can also contact the Hubs representative at Use the AIDS 2014 Supporter Logo Show your support for the conference at your events and in your publications by using the AIDS 2014 supporter logo. You can request the AIDS 2014 supporter logo and design guidelines, or simply request more information, by contacting
  • 8. Volunteer during the conference week The success of the AIDS 2014 depends heavily on the support of between 1,500 and 2,000 volunteers. Volunteers will help plan the conference, coordinate programme activities, greet visiting delegates, assist with registration, act as guides during the conference, staff various offices and activities, help in the Global Village and perform other crucial tasks. Volunteers will have access to conference sessions outside of their shifts, a lunch each day and a Certificate of Appreciation. Furthermore, volunteers will have the possibility to gain international experience at the world's largest conference on AIDS and to unite in the response to AIDS. You must be at least 18 years old (as of 20 July 2014) in order to volunteer. Registration is now open, visit to fill out the online application form. For more information, visit or contact SPREAD THE WORD! The 20th International AIDS Conference is tweeting – @AIDS_conference – and we hope many of you will help us spread the conference message by tweeting along with us, using #AIDS2014 to keep the conversation going. You can also become a fan of AIDS 2014 on Facebook and stay in touch with the latest conference updates and developments. Please visit to become a fan.
  • 9. CONFERENCE OVERVIEW 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. It is a chance to assess where we are, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward. The AIDS 2014 programme will present new scientific knowledge and offer many opportunities for structured dialogue on the major issues facing the global response to HIV. A variety of session types – from abstract-driven presentations to symposia, bridging and plenary sessions – will meet the needs of various participants. Other related activities, including the Global Village, satellite meetings, exhibitions and affiliated independent events, will contribute to an exceptional opportunity for professional development and networking. Melbourne Youth Force Melbourne Youth Force is a platform for global youth participation and leadership in the lead up to, during and long after AIDS2014, which aims at building the capacity of young people to drive the response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
  • 10. The Melbourne Youth Force (MYF) is a coalition of youth organizations that will work together to leverage the presence and demands of young people (ages 15-26) at AIDS 2014. The 2014 MYF will ensure that young people have a highly visible attendance at the conference, not only as delegates, but as organizers, speakers, decision makers and peers. The MYF believes that building youth leadership is critical to building an effective AIDS response among young people and by young people, especially for key affected populations. This includes, but is not limited to, young people living with HIV, young people who use drugs, young sex workers, young men who have sex with men, young women, young migrants and youth in prisons. Since 2006, the Youth Force has been an integral part of the International AIDS Conference, acting as a platform to unite young people and those who support a global agenda that places young people at the centre of the Global AIDS response. TEAMS The Melbourne Youth Force sub-committees started their work in October 2013. The seven sub committees focus on and support the following areas within the AIDS 2014 Youth Programme: (each of the sub-committees consists of two Co-chairs) 1. Youth Pre-Conference 2. Youth Pavilion 3. Youth Advocacy Messaging and Design 4. Youth Media and Communications 5. Youth Main Conference 6. Youth Reception (and other Youth Affiliated Events) 7. Sponsorship and Fundraising
  • 11. Global Village & Youth Programme The Global Village and Youth Programme promotesnetworking between northand south, east and west and providesa space for discussions, installations, and performances from throughout the world. The Global Village isopen to thegeneral publicand conference delegates, and admission is free. View the AIDS 2014. Global Village and Youth Programme submissions for AIDS 2014 are now closed. Notifications were sent to all submitting applicants by mid-April 2014. Thank you to those who submitted programme activity applications for the Global Village and Youth Programme at AIDS 2014. Applications are now closed. The 20th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2014) Global Village and Youth Programme includes programme activities for the following categories:  Sessions  Cultural Activities  Networking Zones  Exhibition Booths Programme activity applications submitted to the conference will go through a blind, peer- reviewed process carried out by an international review panel. Final selection of programme activities will be completed by members of the Global Village and Youth Programme Working Group in April 2014.
  • 12. Global Village & Youth Programme Objectives As a platform for communities involved in the response to HIV, the Global Village and Youth Programme will highlight the conference theme ‘Stepping up the Pace’, focusing on the following objectives: 1. Create a vibrant cultural experience for conference delegates and the public living locally and visiting Melbourne; 2. Celebrate the successes of the HIV response globally and within the Asia and Pacific region; 3. Build a productive learning and networking environment where activities focusing on HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs), sexual and reproductive health, HIV/TB co-infection, stigma and discrimination, are prominent and valued; 4. Bridge all areas of science, leadership and community which build and reinforce multi- sectoral partnerships, community development, youth engagement, accessible funding mechanisms, long-term planning and sustainability; 5. Provide a space which enables leadership, human rights, active participation and visibility of key affected populations (KAPs); 6. Promote the value of intergenerational exchange which fosters shared learning and counsel between people involved in the global response to HIV. Global Village and Youth Programme Activities Most GlobalVillageandYouthProgramme activities arebased on online submissions for the following types of activities:  GlobalVillageSessionsfeaturepaneldiscussions,debates, presentations with opportunitiesfor Q&Aand meeting theexperts.Sessions willfocuson currentand emerging HIVrelated topics, as wellasprioritypopulations.
  • 13.  Networking Zonesarespacesfor localand internationalgroupswhichfocuson thematicareas centralto keypopulations. In thesezones, groupscan meetand conduct theirown activitiesand engagedelegatesand thepublicvisiting theGlobalVillage.  TheMain Stage isa spaceforliveperformancesof music, danceand theatrethataddressissuesin thecontext ofeither: HIVandother sexually transmitted infections(STIs), sexualand reproductivehealth, TB/HIVco-infection, stigma anddiscrimination andhuman rights. Astheheartof theGlobalVillage, the Main Stageplaysa significant rolein showcasing innovativeand dynamicvisualexpressionsof HIVwork at thegrassrootscommunity level.  Screening Roomprovidesa spaceto screen filmsabout HIVrelated issues, includinghuman rights.  Meeting Roomsareavailablefor smallinformaldiscussionsand can bebooked inadvance.  TheYouth Pavilion isthe main networking spaceforyoung people. It isa spacetohost meetings andforums, showcaseachievementsof youngpeople, facilitatenetworking opportunities, engage participantsin dialogueand buildon the momentumfromtheyouth pre-conference.  NGO and MarketplaceBooths showcasethework of international HIVprogrammes.ThemarketplaceboothsprovideHIVrelatednon- government organizationsandprojectswith anopportunityto sell theirproductsto generateincomeforreinvestment into HIV programming .  Art Exhibitsincluding sculpture, installations,photosandpaintingsabout HIV issuesexpressed from thegrassrootslevel, aredisplayed throughout the GlobalVillage.  TheCommunityDialogueSpace ishosted by Red Ribbon Award recipients which celebrates community leadership andactionon AIDS.It isa space in which conferencedelegatesandthe generalpubliccan engagewith community-based andgrassrootsHIVorganizationsfromaround theworld. It aimsto influencekey eventsand theoutcomesoftheconferencethrough interactive discussionsand storiesabout someof thevictoriesand challengesfaced by communitieson the frontline.Theinteractiveprogramme includeshigh-leveldialoguesessionsbetween civil society and internationalleaders, pressconferencesand cultural events.
  • 14. Y-PEER members @ AIDS 2014 Name Country Position Role in the conference Shubha Kayastha Nepal Alumni member -Member of pre youth conference sub-committee -Co-facilitating a workshop during pre youth conference Petar Mladenov Bulgaria International Coordinator -MYF Member (Fund- raising sub-committee) -Responsible for the Y- PEER Booth and Co- facilitator of a session as part of the UNFPA HQ Agenda Maha Al Saad Jordan Focal Point in Charge Main organizer for a session in the global village entitled "HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian settings" Thouraya Ibrahime Jordan National trainer Organizer for the session mentioned above Tong Yang (Bob) China Focal Point Main organizer for the film screening and art exhibition session in global village Siqi Zhou China National trainer Coordinator of Y-PEER China members in the conference; Main organizer of Y-PEER China / China Youth Network's booth and market place Qingfang Zhang China National trainer Organizer for the session mentioned above Yihao Wang China Intern Organizer for the session mentioned above
  • 15. Yijie Fang China Intern Organizer for the session mentioned above Mengnan Ren China Intern Organizer for the session mentioned above Ranier Naldoza and Nheyshiel Salalila Phlippines Focal Point in Charge Participation in IPPF activities Nheyshiel Phlippines Focal Point Participation in IPPF activities Khalid Elshafie Sudan Y-PEER member Participation in the MYF Pre-youth conference Y-PEER Agenda Name of the session Organizer/ Co-organizer When? Where? Who is responsible? Dynamic, Diverse & Inclusive: Evidence- based Approaches to HIV and Sexual Health Peer Education for Young People Conference secretariat TBC TBC Shubha Kayastha HIV/AIDS in Humanitarian settings Global Village Wednesday, July 23rd , 14:30 p.m. Youth Pavilion Maha Al Saad Volunteering @ Y-PEER China / China Youth Network Siqi Zhou Qingfang Zhang, Yijie Fang Every day Global Village booth 660 Siqi Zhou Give and Enjoy @ China Siqi Zhou, Tong Yang, Mengnan Ren, Yihao Wang Every day Global Village booth 702 Siqi Zhou You Are Not Alone Tong Yang Every day Global Village Art exhibition area Tong Yang
  • 16. Film Screening Tong Yang, Siqi Zhou, Qingfang Zhang, Yihao Wang, Mengnan Ren, Yijie Fang Monday, July 21st , 18:00 - 18:30 p.m. Clarendon Room C Tong Yang Youth-led initiatives and Youth Empowerment, Best practices and Lessons learnt UNFPA Wednesday, July 23rd , 2:45 – 3:35 TBC Peter Mladenov
  • 17. WELCOME TO MELBOURNE The City of Melbourne respectfully acknowledges that it is located on the traditional land of the Kulin Nation. This special place is now known by its European name of Melbourne. Melbourne has always been an important meeting place and location for events of social, educational, sporting and cultural significance. Today, Melbourne is one of the great multicultural cities of the world, home to over 4 million people from over 140 nations. Melbourne boasts Australia's highest concentration of conference facilities, with almost 198,000 square metres of conference space and more than 15,000 accommodation rooms conveniently located right in the heart of the city. The city follows the picturesque Yarra River from the cosmopolitan Docklands in the west to Melbourne's famous sporting precinct in the east. Melbourne is a walking city with endless options. The city sweeps you up into laneways and libraries, attractions, art galleries, parks, theatres and a vibrant waterfront atmosphere. CULTURAL PROGRAMME Melbourne is proud to host the 20th International AIDS Conference and present the most spectacular and wide reaching cultural program ever staged for the conference. The AIDS 2014 cultural program is brimming with a
  • 18. variety of diverse and unique activities from exhibitions, performance, recitals, public seminars and facilitated conversations, musical theatre, art auctions, candlelight vigils, sport, shopping, fashion parades and so much more. Visit us at the conference venue – our cultural program welcome desk is opposite the Global Village and we’ll have our program ambassadors on hand to help you plan your cultural itinerary. If you are in the heart of the city, stop by our Guest Lounge next to Melbourne Town Hall where you’ll enjoy a warm welcome and free tea and coffee in a quiet space if you need a little time out. Discover for yourself why Melbourne is known as the cultural capital of Australia and view our cultural program here: GETTING TO AND AROUND MELBOURNE Melbourne Airport (Tullamarine) is 25km north of the city on the Tullamarine Freeway. It has both international and domestic terminals in close proximity, making transfers easy. Direct international flights arrive from Asia, New Zealand, North America and Europe.
  • 19. How to get from Melbourne Airport to Melbourne City Centre Helicopter Air Melbourne operate the Heli-Express airport transfer service, between Melbourne Airport and the City. Flights operate between sunrise and sunset and the journey takes around 4 minutes flying time. The service includes a Mercedes-Benz valet transfer between Melbourne Airport arrival terminal and the Melbourne Airport helipad. Flights arrive and depart from the CBD helipad located on the Yarra River, directly opposite the Melbourne Convention Centre (AIDS 2014 venue). A one way Heli-Express flight is $274.00 per person including GST. For more information, please visit: Skybus Skybus operates 24 hours, 7 days a week every 10 minutes from Melbourne Airport to Southern Cross train station in the city. A hotel transfer service operates from Southern Cross station to selected CBD hotels. Skybus operates 24 hour a day, 7 days a week including public holidays. Return tickets will be available for USD 25 including 10% GST when you register. For more information, please visit: Taxis Melbourne’s taxis are a safe and convenient way to get from the airport to your destination. Taxi ranks are located on the ground floor outside Terminals 1 and 3. You can catch a taxi from designated taxi ranks. Taxi fares are calculated according to the distance and duration of the journey, and will vary based on the number of people and time of travel. Additional charges apply if you travel on some public holidays, late at night, travel with five or more people or pay with credit or debit card. Estimated cost to CBD: AUD$50.
  • 20. Getting Around Melbourne Melbourne is a city that's a cinch to explore, with flexible and no-fuss ways to move around town. Bike tracks, waterways, trains, trams and taxis transport you through the city and make you a part of its action. You can also cruise, cycle or walk to attractions and events around the city. Click this link to free visitor information services: Public Transport Public Transport Victoria (PTV) is the central stop for information on public transportation services, fares and tickets. Up-to-date information is available via the website, call centre and mobile app. The AIDS 2014 organizers, in collaboration with Public Transport Victoria (PTV), offer a special deal for delegates: For only USD 20, delegates can book a PTV ticket and benefit from approximately 70% discount on the standard public transport ticket cost (AUD 71 for a 7 day ticket). The AIDS 2014 PTV ticket allows unlimited travel in zones 1 and 2 on bus, tram and train from Saturday 19 to Friday 25 July 2014. The AIDS 2014 PTV ticket can be booked when you register. Together with your booking confirmation, you will receive a personalized voucher which can be printed and used for ONE initial journey from your hotel to the conference venue in order to collect your conference name badge. The official PTV ticket will be integrated in your conference name badge. Should you come across a transport controller (ticket checker/authorized officer) on your way to collect your name badge from the venue, you will need to present your voucher along with an official ID (diving license, passport etc.) for verification purposes. Train and tram services operate between 5:00 and 24:00, Monday to Thursday with extended hours around 1:00 on Friday and Saturday nights. On Sunday, trains and trams operate 7:00-23:00. Many of Melbourne’s bus routes run from 6:00-21:00 Monday to Friday, 8:00-21:00 Saturday and 9:00-21:00 Sunday. To plan your journey or for more information, visit or call 1800 800 007.
  • 21. City Circle Tram The City Circle trams is a free tram that run in both directions approximately every 12 minutes between 10am-6pm from Sun to Wed and between 10am-9pm, Thu to Sat (except Christmas Day and Good Fri). Clockwise Service: Flinders St > Harbour Esp > Docklands Dr > La Trobe St > Victoria St > Nicholson St > Spring St > Flinders St Melbourne Bike Share Melbourne Bike Share is a new form of public transport, designed for short trips across the city. Simply purchase a subscription that suits you, take a bike when you need it and then return it to one of the 50 bike stations throughout the city. You can choose from either a daily subscription ($2.60 per day) or a weekly subscription ($8.00 per week). Both of these subscriptions can be purchased at one of the 51 terminals around the city of Melbourne. Simply swipe your credit card, complete the registration details and off you go. Please note that it is illegal to cycle in Melbourne without a helmet. Helmets are easily available. For more information, please visit:
  • 22. Melbourne Visitor Shuttle The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a great way to see Melbourne's attractions. This popular service operates daily every 30 minutes from 9.30am to 4.30pm (excluding Christmas Day) and costs $5 for an all-day ticket. The trip takes approximately 90 minutes and includes an informative on-board commentary as you travel around Melbourne. You can hop on and off the bus at any of the following stop locations: Stop 1. Arts Precinct Stop 8. Queen Victoria Market Stop 2. Federation Square Stop 9. Harbour Town, Docklands Stop 3. Sports Precinct Stop 10. Etihad Stadium and Victoria Harbour Stop 4. Chinatown Precincts Stop 11. William Street Stop 5. Melbourne Museum and Carlton Gardens Stop 12. Southbank and Yarra River Stop 6. Lygon Street Precinct Stop 13. The Shrine and Royal Botanic Gardens Stop 7. University of Melbourne The Melbourne Visitor Shuttle is a great way to see Melbourne's attractions. Check this page for details of the route and all 13 stops, plus any temporary stop closures and route changes:
  • 23. City Taxis Taxis can be hired off the street, at designated taxi ranks, or by phone or mobile app booking. Taxi dome lights indicate availability to people hailing a cab – if the large dome light is on the taxi is available for hire. Late night taxi trips must be paid for in advance. Between 10pm and 5am in Victoria, the driver will ask you for an up-front deposit, based on a table of point to point estimates. Use the fare estimator to work out what your trip is likely to cost. Melbourne's major taxi companies include: 13 CABS (Ph 13 22 27) Silver Top Taxis (Ph 13 10 08) Information Services Melbourne Visitor Centre Located at Federation Square, corner of Flinders Street and Swanston Street, the Melbourne Visitor Centre is open 9am-6pm daily Tel: 9658 9658 E/m: Melbourne Visitor Booth Located in Bourke Street Mall, friendly volunteers provide maps and information on shopping, attractions and events. Open 9am-5pm. Melbourne Greeter Service The Melbourne Greeter Service is a free two - four hour walking orientation of the city. Orientations are available in English 7 days a week (excluding Good Friday and Christmas Day) and depart once daily at 9.30am from the basement level of the Melbourne Visitor Centre at
  • 24. Federation Square (located on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Streets). Orientations in foreign languages are available including Dutch, French, German, Greek, Italian, Spanish and Swedish. Check the website for scheduled tours. Bookings are required with at least 24 hours’ notice. Request your Melbourne Greeter Service orientation online or by phone: 03 9658 9658 M - F (7.30am - 6pm) or 03 9658 9942 S/S (9am - 6pm) Foreign Language City Guides Available in Simplified Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish guides.aspx City Maps City map (PDF 3Mb) City of Melbourne interactive map
  • 25. Experience Melbourne What’s On! See what's on in Melbourne – there's always plenty to do! Eat and Drink Restaurants, cafes, bars and clubs are always buzzing in Melbourne. An eclectic range of cuisine is on offer across town - hidden down laneways, high above street level or overlooking the waterfront. Arts and Culture Melbourne is Australia's performing arts capital and kicks up its heels year round, with everything from opera and Broadway spectaculars to contemporary dance and comedy. Shopping From the cutting edge to classic, boutique to big time, Melbourne’s vibrant retail scene is alive with alluring labels, products and shopping experiences – some home grown, some world- renowned. After Dark Melbourne's bars turn serving a drink into an art form, enticing locals and visitors to the city’s destinations ‘after dark’. There are thousands of unique bars located in laneways, basements and on rooftops throughout the city.
  • 26. Indigenous Melbourne If you’re in the city of Melbourne but short on time, you can enjoy a guided cultural interpretive walk around the Royal Botanic Gardens just a few minutes from the city centre. Here you’ll discover the plant lore of traditional foods, medicine, tools and ceremony on a site that was once a traditional camping and meeting place for the Boonwurrung and Woiwurrung people. Aboriginal Heritage Walk Journey into the ancestral lands of the Kulin nation and explore their rich and thriving culture on this award-winning walk in the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Experience a traditional smoking ceremony with our Indigenous Guides and discover traditional uses of plants for food, tools and medicine. Where: Meet at the Visitor Centre, Observatory Gate When: 11am - 12.30pm Tue – Fri + 1st Sun of the month Cost: $25 adults, $21 concession, $10 child (aged 6-17) Telephone: 03 9252 2429 Practical Information Accessible Travel Travellers Aid services offer support, advice and assistance to all travellers, including people in emergency situations and those with special needs. Mobility Equipment Hire To assist people with limited mobility, Travellers Aid provides mobility equipment for hire. These include:  Electric scooters  Manual wheelchairs  Prams and strollers  Walking canes, frame, forearm crutches, walking sticks, and ID/Symbol Canes
  • 27. For more information and price list please visit the Travellers Aid website or phone +613 9654 2600. Banking Bank operating hours vary between banks but most banks opening hours are 9am-4pm Mon – Thu and 9am-5pm Fri. A number of banks are open Sat 9am-12pm. Check with individual banks websites for full opening hours. ATMs are located throughout the city, additionally a large number of supermarkets and convenience stores have cash withdrawal facilities. VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, Diners are readily accepted throughout the city. Foreign exchange facilities are available at kiosks around the city. Climate Melbourne has a reputation for its changeable weather. A tip for any visitor is to be prepared for anything – bring an umbrella and a jacket and wear layers that can be worn or removed as needed. In winter daily average temperatures can drop to 7°C with an average high of 14°C. Communication Telstra Directory Assistance International Directory Assistance Reverse Charges Translating & Interpreting Service Lost Property (Police) Emergency Services 1223 1225 12550 13 14 50 9650 7077 000 Consulates American British Chinese French German Greek Indonesian Italian Japanese Spanish 9526 5900 9652 1600 9822 0604 9690 6075 9864 6888 9866 4524 9525 2755 9867 5744 9679 4510 9347 1966
  • 28. Currency Australia’s national currency is the Australian dollar which comes in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100 notes. Coins come in 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent and one and two dollar denominations. Currency exchange is available at banks, hotels and international airports. EFTPOS/CIRRUS/MAESTRO is widely available in most Australian shops. Fees may be charged on transactions, particularly if withdrawing from an international account. Health and Medicine Pharmacies Melbourne City Pharmacy My Chemist Gay Men's Health Service 9639 9797 9663 6704 1800 134 840 Hospitals & Emergency Assistance Police Ambulance Fire Lifeline Poisons Information Centre Emergency Service (SES) Non-Emergency Police Dental Emergency Kids Help Line The Royal Children's Hospital The Royal Melbourne Hospital The Royal Women's Hospital St Vincent's Hospital 000 000 000 13 11 14 13 11 26 13 25 00 13 14 44 9341 1040 1800 551 800 9345 5522 9342 7000 8345 2000 9288 2211 Religious Information In Melbourne and Victoria you will find places of worship for over 100 faiths. Temples, mosques, churches and synagogues are found across Melbourne. AIDS 2014 will be held during Ramadan. More information to come soon.
  • 29. Shopping Hours City shops generally open from 9am-6pm Mon to Thu. On Fri, many shops in the CBD and suburban shopping centres remain open until 9pm. On Sat the hours in the CBD and shopping centres are generally 9am-5pm and Sun, 10am-5pm. Study in Melbourne Melbourne is a popular city for international students, home to nine universities with seven teaching hospitals. Information on studying in Melbourne can be found at Taxes A 10% Goods and Services Tax (GST) is incorporated into the price of all goods and services sold in Australia, except for some basic items. Some tourists may be eligible for a GST refund on goods bought in Australia. Visit for more information or phone +61 2 6275 6666. International business visitors whose organisations claim GST/VAT refunds regularly from various countries should keep all receipts including registration and accommodation as the GST components may be refundable. Time Zone Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST) covers the eastern states of Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and the Australian Capital Territory. AEST is equal to Coordinated Universal Time (GMT) plus 10 hours (GMT +10). Voltage Australia’s electricity voltage for domestic use is AC 240 volts, 50 cycle. Most hotels have provision for AC 110 volts in the rooms.
  • 30. The Conference Online An interactive daily programme, conference TV channel and YouTube page, mobile apps, and educational webinars facilitate the exchange of the latest information from the grassroots-level to the elite policy forums at international levels. This results in an independent, open and accessible space for dialogue and conversation with all stakeholders in local communities across the globe. YouTube Channel Whether you are in Melbourne or following remotely you can experience the conference and participate virtually, watching interviews with delegates, speakers and world leaders. You will also be able to access recordings of all conference sessions through this page shortly after their actual presentation at the conference. Programme-at-a-Glance (PAG) Theconferenceprogrammeisavailableonlinethrough thecomprehensiveProgramme-at-a-Glance(PAG). Linksto abstracts, slide setswith audio, rapporteurreportsand e-postersarepostedassoon astheyare available.ThePAGallowsyou to buildand print personalized itineraries.Italso featurestopic-focused roadmapsto help younavigate each dayof the conference. AIDS 2014 Programme-a-at-Glance
  • 31. Mobile App Theconferenceprogrammewillalsobeavailablethrough yourmobile devices in thebeginning of June.Delegateswillbeableto stayup-to-date with last-minute changesto thescheduleand speakerroster, while supporting theconference’scommitment to being green.During the conference,you can tweetorpostto Facebook, shareyourconference schedulewith yourfriendsand colleagues, and network withotherdelegates.TheAIDS 2012app was downloaded 14,000timesand with theexpanded capabilitiesandupdatestheAIDS 2014app isboundto be even morepopular.Becomepart of theconversationand havetheentire conferenceat yourfingertips - download themobileapp! AIDS 2014 WEBINAR SERIES Providing timelyupdates related to AIDS 2014, thewebinarseriescoversa varietyof capacity building topics aimedat strengthening theparticipation andengagement ofyoung individuals, communities, leadersand scientistsat the conference.Thesewebinarsaredesigned tohelpyou prepareyoursubmissionstothe conference,yourtrip to Australia and to maximizeyourtimeat thebusy and sometimesoverwhelming event.Participatein a webinar ordownload the materialfroma webinarthat you missed! TheAIDS 2014WebinarSeriesisa capacity building and mobilization initiative ofthe20th InternationalAIDS Conferenceorganizers.In collaboration with ourorganizing partnersand with supportfromtheInternationalAIDS Society (IAS), thisinitiativewillprovidetimely updatesrelatedto AIDS 2014and willcovera varietyof capacity buildingtopicsaimed at strengthening theparticipationandengagementof young individuals, communities, leadersand scientistsat theconferencebeing held July 20-25, 2014in Melbourne, Australia.
  • 32. Upcoming Webinars Visit thelinks in thetablebelowto seea description of eachwebinarand to register: Date Time Topic 10July 2014 7amGMT Navigatingtheconference (registration, roadmaps, session types, otherfacilities, tipson surviving theconference) All recordingsand materialsofthesewebinarswillbeavailablefordownload in thesection belowfollowing theevent. Formore information regarding thesewebinars, Past Webinars Materials Date Topic 12November 2013 Submitting a successfulabstract (suitedforresearchconductedinall disciplines) Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 14November 2013 Submitting a successfulabstract (suitedforlessons learnedthrough programme, project or policy implementation ormanagement) Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 26November 2013 GlobalVillageandYouth Programme Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation
  • 33. 28November 2013 Howto submit a workshopproposal Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 9January 2014 Howto submit a scholarshipapplication Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 11March 2014 Satellites Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 11March 2014 Affiliated Independent Events Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 27March 2014 Australian Immigration, what you need to know Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 3April2014 Volunteering at AIDS 2014 Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 8May 2014 Taketheconferenceto your community: hosta hub! Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation 12June2014 Preparing yourpresentation (developingagreat PowerPoint andcreating aposterpresentation) Description| Watchthevideo | Download thepresentation
  • 34. Media Media platforms providing more information from the conference:  AIDS 2014 TV - a platform showing 30 minute video highlights from each day  JOY 94.9 – radio interviews with key speakers  Clinical Care Options – providing online scientific analysis and highlights  NAM – providing online updates  Online media centre – providing all information to media (press releases, speeches, biographies, background facts and figures etc.) Social Media Get the latest conferenceupdatesand shareyourthoughtsand ideas through theAIDS 2014SocialMedia channels. ForAIDS 2014 ConferenceBlog, pleasevisit: Thecommunity guideto AIDS 2014 canbefound at thisaddress: Wearetweeting – @_AIDS2014– andhopemanyof you willtweetalong withus, using #AIDS2014to keep theconversation going. Becomeafan ofAIDS 2014on Facebookand stay in touch with the latest conferenceupdates. Join the AIDS 2014LinkedIn Group,you arewelcometo startnewdiscussionsandadd yourcommentsto existing threads. Forfurtherinquiries, pleasecontact,Y-PEER representativein MelbourneYouth Force, responsibleforY-PEERactivitiesatAIDS 2014. Formore information, pleasevisit:
  • 35. This guideline pamphlet has been developed by the Peer Education Training and Research Institute Sofia, Bulgaria based within the framework of the National Centre of Health and Analysis, Sofia, Bulgaria. Y-PEER International Network would like to thank Ms. Elene Chumburidze, PETRI Fellow, for active contribution to the development of the Y-PEER Guidelines for the International AIDS Conference 2014.