Community Activities

IAS 2017 Community Actors Symposium on Key Populations
“Nothing for us, without us” - Bringing key populations back to the centre of HIV research

Saturday, 22 July from 1pm to 7pm
Hôtel de Ville de Paris, Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris, room Xavier Lacoste

Organized by IAS 2017 Community Engagement Board (CEB) and local civil society partners (Aides, Arcat, Basiliade, Comité des Familles, RAAC Sida and Sidaction), the symposium is an opportunity for PLHIV, sex workers, men who have sex with men, people who inject drugs, transgender people, community actors and HIV activists, to focus on the needs of key and priority populations in the context of HIV research.

Participants from different regions of the world will share their experiences on HIV prevention and harm reduction policies, and the difficulties and successes in working with the medical and scientific community. The event will see the official launch of the Paris Community Declaration (from Denver 1983 to Paris 2017).


Doors open from 12.30 pm

1.00 – 1.20 pm


  • Bernard Jommier, Paris City Council
  • Kevin Osbourne, International AIDS Society (IAS)
  • Bruno Spire, IAS 2017 Community Engagement Board Chair
1.20 – 1.45 pm


Briefing on key populations (KP) involvement in HIV  research and policy making

  • Miriam Edwards, Caribeean Sex Work Coalition
  • Bruce Richman, Prevention Access
  • Tharao Wangari, African, Black, Diaspora, Migrant and Refugee (ABDMR)
  • Caroline Andoum, RAAC-Sida and Florence Thune, Sidaction
1.45 – 3.00 pm

1st workshop

Experience-sharing on local, national and/or international KP involvement in the fields of HIV research, care, policy-making, and funding processes.
Each participant is invited to share (briefly) the identified gaps in terms of KP involvement in decision-making or program implementation in their country, and what concrete solutions their community has implemented.

The aim of the workshop is not only to speak about what should be improved but also to share positive and effective experiences on KP involvement, related to any field or stakeholders.

3.00 – 3.30 pm

Coffee break

3.30 – 4.15 pm


Presentation of the Paris Community Declaration (from Denver 1983 to Paris 2017)

4.15 – 5.30 pm

2nd workshop

How to implement the Paris Community Declaration worldwide?

The aim of the workshop is to build global and local strategies regarding each stakeholder in order to apply our KP agenda :

  • Which strategies do we adopt to implement our demands at local, national and/ or international levels?
  • How should  stakeholders be included?
5.30 – 6.00 pm

Final plenary

What is the next step for community’ involvement in the lead up to AIDS 2018?

6.00 – 7.00 pm


Contact us here for more information.

The symposium is organized by the IAS 2017 Community Engagement Board collaboration with Aides, Arcat, Basiliade, Comité des Familles, CST+, RAAC Sida and Sidaction.