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HIV/AIDS 2014: The Government of Canada at the 20th International AIDS Conference

As an active player in global efforts to address HIV/AIDS, Canada is pleased to support the 20th International AIDS Conference.

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  • When: July 20-25, 2014
  • Where: Melbourne, Australia

Theme: Stepping Up the Pace

This year's theme Stepping Up the Pace recognizes that while there has been progress in research, treatment and reducing infection rates overall, many regions in the world are still experiencing challenges with increasing infection rates, securing sustainable funding, and implementing interventions.

That's why we need to build on the gains that have been made to revitalize efforts to secure investments, collaborate on research, and support innovative and effective approaches to use in areas facing the greatest challenges to change the course of the epidemic.

With Aboriginal-focused sessions and opportunities to exchange ideas with international leaders in the HIV and AIDS community, including scientists, policy makers, advocates, front-line workers, and people living with HIV or AIDS, Canada looks forward to participating in the 2014 Conference and helping to bring an end to this epidemic.

Canadian representation at the conference

Canada's Minister of Health, Rona Ambrose, will represent the Government of Canada at the conference and will be joined by representatives from the Public Health Agency of Canada, Health Canada, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, and Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada.

Canada's approach

The Government of Canada remains committed to a comprehensive, long-term approach in the global response to HIV and AIDS through

  • continued investments in community response, surveillance and research that promote innovation;
  • the development of new technologies to help reduce the spread of HIV and AIDS;
  • the development of public health guidance; and
  • continued collaboration with our Canadian and international partners.

The Government of Canada’s comprehensive, long-term approach to tackling HIV/AIDS

  • Vaccine and HIV/AIDS research funding
  • Funding for community-based awareness, prevention and support projects
  • Laboratory testing
  • National surveillance
  • Public health guidance and information for Canadians
  • Supporting the global HIV/AIDS response
  • Prevention and health services to specific groups (e.g. First Nations and Inuit, federal inmates)
  • Collaboration with global, provincial, territorial and local partners


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