The mission of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is to honor, support, and advocate for those who have been affected by the global HIV epidemic through mobilizing communities for a world where people do not die of AIDS and people living with HIV can live in health and with dignity.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is lead by grass roots civil society, including networks and organisations of people living with HIV and other key populations, affected families and communities, as well as women organizations, service organizations, academic institutions, health-care facilities, faith-based groups, businesses, media, and more.
Direction of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is based on the Candlelight Advocacy Platform, which is inspired on current thinking to improve the HIV response, including the UNAIDS strategy Getting to Zero: Zero AIDS related Deaths, Zero new HIV infections and Zero Stigma and discrimination, and the Positive Health, Dignity and Prevention framework as driven by the movement of people living with HIV.
Global coordination of the International AIDS Candlelight Memorial lies with the Global Network of People living with HIV.
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial is a global event implemented by an active network of people involved in the HIV response, including people living with HIV and key populations, to raise social consciousness about HIV and AIDS, break down barriers of stigma and discrimination, and giving hope to new generations
The International AIDS Candlelight Memorial provides opportunity:
- To commemorate loved ones who have lost their lives to HIV;
- To show solidarity with people living with HIV;
- To raise awareness around HIV within society;
- To reduce HIV related stigma and discrimination;
- To reduce stigma and discrimination against key populations, including men who have sex with men, people who use drugs, sex workers and young people.
The Candlelight Memorial is guided by the core values of dignity, diversity, transparency, global solidarity, and professional and personal integrity.