8th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific , Sri Lanka
The waves are a mighty and integral part of the host country, the island nation of Sri Lanka.
Waves of Change signify many things happening; many things in motion, while taking into account milestones in the past and creating new ones for the future, new work-plans, timelines and a future for the HIV and AIDS community and the general public.
It also implies that there is a mass of activity that needs to be carried out to change the world; creating a ripple-effect that would encompass the whole globe. Like the ebb and the flow of waves, global activity to prevent, control, battle and treat HIV and AIDS could also be adapted to suit each and every society, community, nation or region. Such action like the endless sea could cross continents but at the same time be culture specific, bringing about change, a new vision and victory against this disease.
The colours of the logo represent the different communities in the AIDS response. Deep blue - the scientific community and saffron - the communities that are infected, affected and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS who are grounded in diverse realities. The splashes of colour around the Red ribbon symbolize the synthesized and multi disciplinary nature of the response that is required to achieve a world that is more caring, loving, responsible for one another and willing to share with each other as an interdependent whole.
The theme in its entirety gives the powerful imagery of a sea of humanity sharing a common vision to create a better world, a world free from AIDS.
Within the theme `Waves of Change - Waves of Hope` the 8th ICAAP aims -
To enhance the local, regional and global response to HIV/AIDS by creating an opportunity:
• to achieve meaningful exchanges of expertise, experiences, advances,
lessons learnt, challenges faced and successes achieved in HIV/AIDS
• to form meaningful and sustainable partnerships between stakeholders at all levels
• to showcase achievements and successes and share best practices
• to empower and strengthen political, community and business leadership, adopting a consultative, collaborative and participatory approach
• to ensure that communities that are infected, affected and vulnerable to HIV/AIDS and their families are free from stigmatization, marginalization and discrimination by addressing political, social, economic and cultural barriers and working towards societies in which they can enjoy the full range of human rights and protections as enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and associated Protocols
• to promote equal access to prevention, support, treatment and care for all people