The World Council of Churches - Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance (WCC-EAA) invites workshop proposals for Faith Building Bridges, an affiliated event (interfaith pre-conference) to the International AIDS Conference 2018.

The workshops, to take place on 21 July 2018 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, should contribute to discussions on one or more of the pre-conference sub-themes: increasing access; eliminating stigma and discrimination; promoting human rights; and building bridges.

The WCC-EAA seeks a diverse set of workshops that will speak to people from all faith traditions, and secular groups, as well as workshops involving participants with different levels of experience – from those new to International AIDS Conferences to those who have long been involved in the response and are looking for new insights into tackling deep-rooted challenges.

Proposals are due by 25 May 2018.

Faith Building Bridges - An affiliated event to AIDS 2018

An estimated 250 participants will gather in Amsterdam, the Netherlands for an interfaith pre-conference focusing on "Faith Building Bridges” on 21-22 July 2018. Faith Building Bridges will be the 8th faith-centred pre-conference held before the International AIDS Conference, the first held in Bangkok in 2004.

Representatives from a worldwide diversity of NGO’s, religious organizations and academic partners are working together to coordinate, plan and support faith-based involvement in AIDS 2018.

Taking place at the Planetarium Gaasperplas in Amsterdam, the pre-conference’s program and discussion will focus around how faith groups and leaders can, should and are building bridges to more effectively eliminate AIDS, with particular attention to marginalized groups. Topics include: migration and HIV; children, adolescents and HIV; substance abuse and HIV; and people at the margins.

Building bridges means building partnerships and working in cooperation with many groups.

"Faith Building Bridges" will offer opportunities for networking, exchange of experiences and capacity building, and it will identify actions for follow-up on the various issues discussed. It will have plenary sessions and workshops, with the active participation of young people, faith leaders and representatives of churches or civil society groups (such as refugees, migrants, women, youth, substance abuse associations, LGBTIQ, etc.) as well as non-faith actors.

The leitmotif of the two days will be building bridges between and within faiths/religions as well as between faith/religion groups and other sectors, with a focus on four subthemes:

  • increasing access
  • eliminating stigma and discrimination
  • promoting human rights
  • building bridges.

Proposals are to be submitted to WCC-EAA HIV Campaign Coordinator Francesca Merico:

Instructions for workshop proposals, Faith Building Bridges 2018 (MS Word)

Faith at AIDS 2018 website