IC 2012 Agenda Overview
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Two Powerful Conferences at One Time: RESULTS International Conference (IC) & International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2012)
RESULTS has a confirmed AIDS 2012 Affiliated Session!
An End to the Global AIDS Epidemic: How Past Progress Can Inspire Future Action
We will be joined by Buck Buckingham, Director of the Office of Global Health and HIV for the Peace Corps.
In the past year, the global HIV/AIDS community has begun to speak about the possibility of the end of the epidemic. Even 10 years ago, an HIV diagnosis was essentially a death sentence for those living in poor countries without access to anti-retroviral treatment. The launch of PEPFAR and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria have allowed for amazing progress, however the vision of an AIDS-free world is far from assured. Come learn from those who have played vital roles in this transformation over the past ten years about how we can use lessons from the past to inspire the work that is needed for the future.
This session is open to the public. It will be held during the 2012 RESULTS International Conference on Saturday, July 21st from 4:30-5:45 PM at the Doubletree Hotel in Crystal City. More information about the RESULTS International Conference can be found here
We look forward to seeing you there!
AIDS 2012 is going to be an amazing event. Since 1985, this conference has featured scientific breakthroughs to fight AIDS, opportunities for activists to raise their voices to decision-makers, and platforms where politicians can pledge their support. This year is particularly important for two reasons:
Yet at this time of historic opportunity, we are facing budget cuts around the globe that threaten to derail this vision of the end of AIDS. With over 30,000 people expected to attend AIDS 2012, it is going to be a powerful and exciting environment, which is why we have planned the RESULTS International Conference (IC) at the same time. Below is a list of some of the opportunities created through the converging conferences:
Saturday, July 21: Issue and Skills Day
Saturday is a chance for you to join with people of similar interests or backgrounds to explore the issues of poverty and advocacy through a particular lens. No experience or prior affiliation is required.
Theme 1: Creating a Politics of Love: Turning Compassion into a Political Force
At a time when fear and violence abound, our challenge both politically and spiritually is to create a political forcefield powerful enough to overcome them. Like Gandhi and Martin Luther King, Jr., our task is to mine the internal wellsprings of non-violence that effectively deliver us to both internal and external peace. How does our generation "become" the change that brings change to our outer world? Join political and spiritual activist Marianne Williamson for a day-long seminar on the both the principles and practice of non-violent social activism. Find out more.
Theme 2: Building a Stronger Movement to End Poverty
We all care about something, yet we often struggle to make a difference around things that matter most to us. This set of workshops will delve into the subject matter of several international and US poverty issues, organizing and leadership skills, and raising money for our causes. We’ll also bring everyone from all three themes together at 1:00 pm to discuss what it means to create a circle of protection around the world’s most vulnerable at a time when decision makers are looking to save money at their expense.
Theme 3: RESULTS Emerging Activist Leaders (REAL)
The Young Adult track at the 2012 RESULTS International Conference is for eighteen to twenty-five year olds and Campus for Change participants. It will offer highly interactive skills workshops to provide tools to build a new generation of anti-poverty activists. The workshops in the Young Adult Track will expand on the RESULTS model for advocacy and provide space for fostering creative advocacy ideas and discussions about best practices. For the Facebookers and Twitterazzi, there will be an advanced workshop on how to harness the power of social media for the end of poverty. Other sessions will focus on integrating advocacy into already active community service work and building on-campus activities into off-campus activism.
Sunday, July 22: Advocacy Boot Camp
For over 30 years, RESULTS has been a pioneer in empowering everyday citizens to use their voices to enact powerful change. Using innovative and proven advocacy techniques, RESULTS volunteers continue to enact the political will to end poverty in the U.S. and around the world. At our “Advocacy Boot Camp,” we will provide trainings on how you can work with lawmakers, the media, and your community to effectively influence policymaking, whether your focus is Congress, Parliament or your local school board. By the end of the day, you will have the tools you need to successfully advocate for the issues you care about and create the change you want to see in the world.
Monday, July 23: Advocacy Issue Sessions and Trainings
Domestic Poverty Sessions
The RESULTS International Conference offers a unique opportunity to hear from experts and activists as we build momentum to end poverty in the United States, and then make your voice heard in lobby meetings with members of Congress on Capitol Hill. Plenary sessions will discuss the key role tax policy can play in lifting millions of Americans out of poverty and the critical need to invest in quality early childhood development programs. Combined with top-notch skills training during the weekend’s Advocacy Boot Camp, you can make your voice heard on Capitol Hill— and since this is an election year, we have a great opportunity to send a powerful message to lawmakers that it is time we made ending poverty a national priority.
Global Poverty Sessions
For over 30 years RESULTS has advocated to improve the lives of the poorest people on the planet. International Conference attendees will hear from leading experts in the fight against global poverty, build their advocacy skills with focused training, and put their skills to use by meeting with their members of Congress on Capitol Hill and with the international financial institutions. You’ll learn about efforts to ensure every kid gets a quality education, the expansion of microfinance to empower poor families, and the extraordinary work of the Global Fund and GAVI to fight killer diseases. And this year the International Conference coincides with the International AIDS Conference, which promises to be an historic gathering of dynamic global health activists and experts. Join us for our biggest and best International Conference yet!
Tuesday–Wednesday, July 24–25: Advocacy Days
Make a difference and change lives with your skills and knowledge gained at the RESULTS IC by putting them in practice with face-to-face meetings with your members of Congress and the international financial institutions. Members of Congress and international decision-makers repeatedly state that meetings with constituents are the most impactful way to get a message through to them. RESULTS helps move a member to action on poverty issues with specific asks and work to build strong relationships. For our international partners, Tuesday is a powerful time to meet directly with leadership at the World Bank and IMF to advocate for powerful change. The day will kick off with opening remarks to inspire your lobbying and will close with exciting speakers and a celebratory reception for US-based and international RESULTS activists, members of Congress, and their staff.