AIDS 2020 Principles and values of conference participation
The AIDS 2020 organisers endorse freedom of expression as an essential principle in the fight against HIV and in promoting full participation in the International AIDS Conference. The combined efforts of all stakeholders in the public and private sectors and civil society are required to halt and reverse the AIDS epidemic. Activism and advocacy contribute to advancing commitment, policy and practice aimed at ending the epidemic.
The right to participate at an International AIDS Conference is fundamental to ensuring open dialogue between all stakeholders. The conference organisers encourage debate and dialogue as key elements of participation, among all conference participants including delegates, sponsors, speakers and presenters, researchers and scientists, community representatives, leaders and the media.
Peaceful protest has always been and continues to be a key element of participation at the conferences. The conference organisers oppose
- the destruction of property
- the use or threat of physical force by any individual or group of individuals during the conferences and
- the disruption of conference sessions or satellite symposia that results in the inability for dialogue and debate to take place.