AIDS 2018 in the RAI and Amsterdam next week

AIDS 2018, the 22nd edition of the world’s largest conference on health, will start in the RAI on Monday 23 July. Scientists, policymakers, activists and politicians will come together to discuss solutions to curb the global AIDS epidemic, and luminaries such as Prince Harry, Charlize Theron, Princess Mabel of Orange-Nassau, Bill Clinton and Elton John will also be in both the RAI and the city next week for the event.

Facts and figures
Eighteen thousand visitors are expected at the conference itself, including medical professionals, researchers, activists and HIV patients from 180 countries. The event will also welcome tens of thousands of visitors to the Global Village and 800 volunteers, prominent speakers and international ambassadors, and comprise 35,000 hotel stays and 500 sessions, workshops and activities. A range of side events will be organised in Amsterdam, there will be a large-scale campaign in the city and at Schiphol Airport, and at least 800 journalists will attend from the Netherlands and abroad.
What you can expect

- The I Amsterdam sign and various art projects will occupy the square in front of the RAI (P8).
- The flag with the logo of the AIDS conference will hang on the square’s fifth flagpole during the week. This is an exception to the normal rule as the organisation does not have a single country of origin.
- Global Village: the general public is most welcome to check out Hall 5 (entrance on Wielingenstraat), the publicly accessible part of AIDS 2018. Organisations from all over the world will present themselves there, and there will be film screenings, exhibitions, knowledge sessions, workshops, performances and panel discussions on HIV and AIDS. Entrance is free.
- AIDS activists from around the world will make their voices heard during a major protest march through the centre of Amsterdam. This will call attention to issues such as barriers to access to HIV medication and discrimination & stigmatisation of people living with HIV. Thousands of people are expected to join, including Princess Mabel. The demonstration will start at 13:00 on 23 July at the Amstelveld and end at 16:00 in front of the RAI (P8).

Numerous activities will also be taking place in the city. View the entire programme here.

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