World AIDS Day 2023 – events in Geneva and around the world
On 1 December, WHO, in collaboration with local communities and partners, will commemorate World AIDS Day 2023, under the theme “Let communities lead”.
Communities living with and affected by HIV, networks of people from key populations and youth leaders, have been and continue to be essential for progress in the HIV response. They provide essential prevention, testing and treatment support services, build trust, generate innovative solutions, promote health, monitor policy and program implementation, and hold service providers accountable.
The world can end AIDS if local communities lead the way. That is why the theme of World AIDS Day this year is “Let Communities Lead,” which is more than just a celebration of communities’ achievements, it is a call to action to empower and support communities in their leadership roles.
On World AIDS Day 2023, WHO celebrates and recognizes the invaluable contributions of local communities in leading the HIV response.
World AIDS Day 2023 in Geneva
10:00–11:00 | Commemorative event: Celebrating the power of communities leading the HIV response
Red Ribbon Café, UNAIDS (WHO building)
- Opening ceremony and candlelight
- World AIDS Day message: Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus
- Public health milestones on HIV and AIDS in the context of the 75th anniversary of the World Health Organization: Dr Jerome Salomon, Assistant Director-General for Universal Health Coverage/Communicable and Non-Communicable Diseases
- WAD2023 video presentation: “Communities lead the response to HIV”
- Voice of communities: From community representatives
14:30–16:00 | Visit to Checkpoint Genève: a community-led initiative to enable key populations to access HIV services
Community service field visit by Dr. Jerome Salomon (this event is not open to the public).
Victoria Falls and Harare, Zimbabwe
December 1 onwards
On World AIDS Day 2023, the WHO Regional Office for Africa will join Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS, in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, as well as government officials and leaders of the HIV response in Zimbabwe to commemorate Remembrance of the many lives lost to AIDS. In the afternoon, they will visit a community-led initiative to enable key populations to access services.
World AIDS Day activities in Zimbabwe will be followed by ICASA, the 22nd edition of Africa’s largest HIV conference, from 4 to 9 December in Harare. WHO will have a leadership role in the conference, including participating in the opening ceremony, holding 10 satellite sessions and interacting with communities and people living with or affected by HIV attending the conference.