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Examining links between AIDS and climate change

07 July 2008

The AIDS epidemic and the climate change phenomenon are two of the most important “long wave” global issues of the recent past, present and future. They share similarities, interactions, and present possibilities for a more united response. Yet, these links have received little analysis so far.

For that reason, several UN agencies, research institutes from Switzerland, India, South Africa and Canada as well as the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies gathered to analyse the existing links between AIDS and climate change in a technical meeting held in Nyon, Switzerland, on 20 May 2008.

Furthermore, a joint position paper on AIDS and climate change was commissioned by UNEP and UNAIDS from the Australian National University in February 2008. This paper, whose findings where also discussed at the Nyon meeting, focuses on scientific issues, identifying major, minor, and speculative pathways by which HIV and climate change are likely to interact.

 

Read summary report of the technical meeting on AIDS and climate change (pdf file)

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Summary report of the technical meeting on AIDS and climate change (pdf)