Welcome to Dhaka !

Dhaka is ready to welcome the delegates of 12th International Congress on AIDS in Asia Pacific (ICAAP12) during March 12-14th. The program will be held at the sprawling International Convention City Bashundhara.

The International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP) is the largest forum on AIDS held in the Asia and the Pacific region. Since the first ICAAP was held in 1990 – almost 25 years ago – the ICAAP has played a critical role in raising public awareness, building political commitment, strengthening advocacy networks and disseminating knowledge and experiences on HIV issues among stakeholders in the region. Government of Bangladesh along with community groups, civil society, key populations and UN agencies are hosting ICAAP12 in Dhaka.

After the political unrest prevailed over 2013 and 2014, the overall law and order situation in Bangladesh is normal now. The economy is also turning around and the growth in all sectors started happening at a steady pace since the beginning of the year 2015.

Bangladesh is a Safe Destination as any other country. Bangladesh has been the host of several international events lately, including the “The 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup Tournament”, “Dhaka International Trade Fair 2016”, “Dhaka Art Summit 2016”, “The International Conference on Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Buddhist Heritage”, to name a few.

The recent 2016 ICC Under-19 Cricket World Cup was an international tournament held in Bangladesh from 22 January to 14 February 2016 (24 days). The day-long matches were held at seven venues in five cities in Bangladesh.

Dhaka Art Summit 2016 is a pioneering initiative for South Asian art that brought together artists, curators, museums, galleries and visitors from across the world to discover institutional quality works in a non-commercial environment.

The International Conference on Developing Sustainable and Inclusive Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage Circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist Heartland in Dhaka, Bangladesh held from 27-28 October 2015 brought together a diverse range of actors and stakeholders i.e. government policymakers, civil society, NGOs, community-based organisations, faith-based entities, development partners, academic-research-professional institutions/bodies, relevant UN agencies/organisations and mass media with the aim at securing inclusive and sustainable promotion, protection, conservation and entire development of Buddhist Heritage and Pilgrimage circuits in South Asia’s Buddhist heartland.

As quoted in the website of the government of United Kingdom, “Up to 75,000 British nationals visit Bangladesh every year. Most visits are trouble free.” (https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/bangladesh).

On the occasion of the 45th Victory Day of Bangladesh; Bangladesh Tourism Board launched another campaign among foreigners for “Visit Bangladesh 2016” activation. Honourable Prime Minister Shiekh Hasina has announced 2016 as tourism year under the theme “Visit Bangladesh 2016”. This implies that safety and security of foreign nationals is one of the highest priorities of the state.

The country is safe to visit for the tourists, but it is suggested that they abide by the usual safety precautions that are applicable for any other country as well, as advised by the respective countries.

To understand more, please watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4WhcPPv7X4

Web: www.icaap2015.org

Facebook: www.facebook.com/icaap12/

600 scholarships to the delegates of Dhaka ICAAP.

Unprecedented in the history if International congress on AIDS in Asia Pacific (ICAAP) the LOC of 12th ICAAP in Dhaka is expected to offer about 600 scholarships to the delegates of the congress. According to the ICAAP organizing secretariat this has materialised due to a generous grant from the Government of Bangladesh, the official host of 12th ICAAP. All the successful scholarship holders are being contacted individually to arrange for their travel to Dhaka.

UNAIDS is called upon to match the commitment of the Government of Bangladesh, and to keep their own commitment to ICAAP so that greater participation of the key affected population could be ensured. For additional scholarships, applicants may directory contact the UNAIDS regional team as UNAIDS has committed significant support of ICAAP12.

This is the first time in the history regional HIV response an LDC is providing significant resources for hosting an HIV conference.
Through its early interventions among vulnerable populations, the prevalence of HIV is low in Bangladesh. The Bangladesh Government is committed to keep it low and to ensure to End AIDS by 2030 as part of their commitment towards Sustainable Development Goals. Bangladesh Governments regional/global leadership in ending AIDS by 2030 is widely acknowledged and appreciated.

ICAAP is a platform for coordination, collaboration, strategic discussions and action amongst all the stakeholders of HIV response in Asia Pacific region, including HIV civil society, community networks, governments, health care providers, bilateral and multilateral agencies, researchers and academic community.

To ensure the needs and realities of people living with HIV, communities vulnerable to and key affected populations, the LOC of ICAAP12 has initiated dialogue and in solidarity with the networks representing Asia and Pacific communities living with and affected by HIV. This was to ensure representation of civil society and community organisations and networks in the Congress’ decision-making bodies and committees.

The special Community Forum of ICAAP12 allows for community-driven sharing of expertise and experiences as much as it does for the scientific, medical and academic communities. The 12th ICAAP dedicated tracks and spaces for community and civil society, and there are ample scope for legitimate space in mainstream programmes, spaces and key sessions, including in plenaries.

The LOC also hope, ICAAP12 is an opportunity for the regional networks to strengthen the capacity of the local Bangladeshi networks by working with them and legitimately engaging them in the regional networks through adequate representation in regional networks

The Dhaka ICAAP will ensure a rights-based, gender-transformative, and community centred approach to all aspects of the Congress’s planning, preparations and conduct.

As per the rescheduled program, ICAAP12 is to be hosted by the Government of Bangladesh in Dhaka, 12-14th March 2016, at the sprawling International Convention City, Basundhara (ICCB).

For media contact:
Media Team of ICAAP12
media@icaap2015.org or masuma@ppdsec.org

Web page: www.icaap2015.org
FB: www.facebook.com/icaap12/

The abstract evaluation results have been e-mailed to submitters! If you haven’t received yours contact the scientific secretariat​.

The abstract evaluation results have been e-mailed to submitters!  If you haven’t received yours contact the scientific secretariat​.