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Legacy of 2014 World Aids conference at MCEC

World Aids Conference, MCEC, Victoria

The International AIDS Society chose Melbourne as the host destination for its collaborative approach, strong support from the city, state and federal governments. The MCEC was, at the time, the only venue in Australia capable of hosting an event of this size and magnitude. The Conference utilised the entire facility - all 66,333 square metres of it, and the in-house technology team provided all tech requirements and equipment to facilitate more than 100 satellite events and uploaded 700 individual presentation sessions to the AIDS 2014 website. To ensure delivery of a world-class event and a memorable experience for a large diversity of visitors more than 500 MCEC employees even participated in HIV/AIDS awareness training, in conjunction with the Victorian AIDS Council and Living Positive Victoria.

The legacies of AIDS 2014 went indeed far beyond the media coverage and economic impacts, though the economic benefits for Melbourne and Victoria were significant, including an estimated economic contribution to Victoria of $80 million. The Conference brought great visibility to Melbourne’s expertise in HIV research and delivered real action for the HIV/AIDS community, including the Melbourne Declaration and the AIDS 2014 Legacy Statement signifying Australia’s health ministers from every state and territory to a commitment to see the virtual elimination of new HIV infections by 2020.

Full Article in Boardroom Magazine