Luis Davila's Weblog


International AIDS Conference 2008 – Mexico City Day 1!
August 5, 2008, 6:36 pm
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Today I attended a few sessions at the IAC 2008. The first one was a plenary discussing the different approaches to HIV/AIDS. It was very informative!

I then spent a lot of time at the conference’s Global Village. This is a huge exhibition space where a multitude of community-based organizations are sharing their experiences working with HIV/AIDS and organizing a lot of participatory activities.

I also participated in a session on how young people are using information and communication technologies (ICTs) to battle the pandemic. I’ll share some videos from this session soon.

Following this last session, I went to an event focusing on the linkage between migration and HIV/AIDS. I thought it was just going to address migration from Mexico and Central America to the US, but the conversation was much richer and included presentations on migration issues in Asia and Africa.

I ended the day with a session on the pandemic’s future. It was run by an initiative called aids2031 which is trying to create a framework for addressing HIV/AIDS in a more sustainable long-term manner.

I’ll keep reporting!

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Youth Pre-Conference at Mexico International AIDS Conference
August 5, 2008, 2:46 pm
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From July 31 to August 2, I was part of a youth pre-conference to the International AIDS Conference. It was great! I hung out with 200+ young people from around the world working on HIV/AIDS-related projects. The conference provided some preparation for the actual International AIDS Conference, which started last night. I helped organize the last youth pre-conference in Toronto, but feel that this one was better in many ways.

I taped some of the content from the pre-conference and hope to add it to some footage from the main conference and share it with everyone soon! In the meantime, please see some quick clips from my time with amazing young people making a difference.

 

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Trip to Huatulco, Mexico!
August 5, 2008, 2:03 pm
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Last week I spent a few nights at an amazing beach called La Boquita near Huatulco, Mexico. We stayed at a very eco-friendly hotel called Bahia de la Luna. The staff was super friendly and the prices were very affordable.

Most of my stay at Bahia de la Luna was spent hanging out at this beautiful Pacific coast beach. I did take some time to check out some of the reservations in the area holding crocodiles and different types of birds.  See the following Youtube videos for details of my stay!

 

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Now, I’m at the International AIDS Conference in Mexico City. More postings on that soon!