On Monday, July 23, 2012, the World Bank, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), and The Lancet jointly presented the seventh and last in a series of debates on emerging issues in the global response to HIV, to coincide with the 2012 International AIDS Conference. In an era when development aid is under pressure and the dynamics of the pandemic are constantly changing, it is imperative that governments, civil society organizations, and other partners have the best evidence and knowledge to maximize the effectiveness of development dollars and achieve results. The debate series was designed to advance discussion and begin to build consensus about contentious issues within the HIV community. The debates have had global reach through a wide network of videoconference sites, web-streaming, and recordings and have become an important policy and teaching tool in global health. The final debate, held at the World Bank, was also screened live at a satellite session at the International AIDS Conference and via live webcast and blog on the World Bank website in English, French, Spanish, and Arabic.
Approximately 375 people attended the debate at the World Bank’s Preston Auditorium, over 60 people attended the International AIDS Conference satellite session, and nearly 1,000 people watched the webcast of the debate live and during the week after the conference.