Organizers of the
16th International AIDS Conference, scheduled for next
month in Toronto, say they expect about 25,000 people to
attend the event, setting a conference attendance
record, reports the Toronto Star. Registrations are
running so high that organizers say they may close the
registration process early. As many as 10,000 more
people are expected at the Toronto conference than
attended the 2004 conference in Bangkok or the 2002
gathering in Barcelona.
expects to close registration early because response
from our own country and around the world is so positive,"
Darryl Perry, executive director of the AIDS 2006
Toronto Local Host Secretariat, told the Star.
"We fully expect this will be possibly the largest
held at the Metro Toronto Conference Center, will host
thousands of scientists, physicians, AIDS advocates, HIV
patients, journalists, and volunteers. Bill Gates,
cochair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, will
deliver the conference's keynote address. Former
U.S. president Bill Clinton is also scheduled to attend.