Intersection of Activism and Science at World Aids Conference

World Aids Conference – Where Activism and Science Meet

The world aids conference (abbreviated AIDS 2012, AIDS 2014 and so on) is the biggest gathering for global health issues. It’s also a place where activism and science intersect.

This year’s theme “Let Communities Lead” recognizes the vital role of communities in forming and shaping the HIV response. But they face underfunding and harmful barriers to their lifesaving work.

1. Stockholm 1988

Sweden’s capital city has a reputation for tolerance and inclusivity. Its cobbled streets are home to a thriving LGBTQ festival and a range of innovative tech companies including Spotify and Mojang, creators of the popular Minecraft game.

The case was brought to the Court by the Commission and the Government of Sweden within the period laid down in Articles 44 and 48 (arts. 44 and 48) of the Convention.

2. Montreal 1989

This is one of the world’s largest medical conferences on HIV science. It alternates with AIDS and is held every two years.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, large-scale meetings like this have been cancelled. AIDS 2020: Virtual will allow participants to participate safely from their own location. The site was designed for those who cannot travel and for whom a trip to Germany may not be possible.

3. Toronto 2006

This biennial conference (alternating with AIDS) focuses on turning HIV science into policy and action. It also includes the prestigious Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections, which accelerates research.

Babel by Alejandro González Iárritu, Volver by Pedro Almodóvar and Election 2 by Joachim Trier are among the films in competition at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival. The festival is open to all ages.

4. Durban 2000

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela led a ferocious attack on the conference’s pharmaceutical sponsors and government strategies. She also condemned bickering between orthodox and dissident scientists.

At the same time, the Treatment Action Campaign was beginning to find its voice. It criticized Mbeki’s position that poverty was more important than HIV/AIDS. This was a crucial political moment. Activists needed to speak up. And they did.

5. New York 2001

The conference aims to strengthen policies and programmes that ensure a concerted global response to HIV. AIDS 2024 is taking place in Munich, Germany and virtually.

Registration for delegates and students/postdocs/young persons is now open. Click here for details.

6. Geneva 2011

In Geneva, delegates discussed the latest developments in the field and the way forward. This meeting was hosted by the International AIDS Society, which is based in Melbourne, Australia.

This year had been a “game changer”, he said, with a new level of commitment from governments, resulting in ambitious targets to halve infections and increase funding. But that needed to be sustained.

7. Geneva 2012

The Geneva Protocol

The AIDS conference is the world’s leading platform for HIV science and advocacy. It brings together scientists, policy makers, communities, and people living with HIV.

The International AIDS Society says it will re-evaluate its conferences after visa denials impacted some participants. The move follows the cancellation of many trade shows in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. These include the Mobile World Congress, Facebook’s F8 developer conference, and Formula 1 races in China.

8. Geneva 2014

The conference was sparked by the tragic loss of life on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and focused on key populations including men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who inject drugs and transgender women.

But the most important reason is that it aims to turn momentous scientific advances into concrete means to end the AIDS epidemic. The Geneva talks are the best hope for doing so.

9. Geneva 2015

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced several AIDS conferences to cancel, including Geneva 2015. But this isn’t the reason it was cancelled.

AOSIS, with Mexico and the Dominican Republic, proposed text requiring nationally determined adaptation commitments that consider a dynamic approach; loss and damage; and science and traditional knowledge. Australia, for the Umbrella Group, criticized duplications in the Geneva text and called for clarity on the future mode of work.

10. Geneva 2020

Geneva 2020 was canceled because of the COVID-19 coronavirus, which has prompted Swiss authorities to ban gatherings of 1,000 or more people. Maurice Turrettini, the show’s president, said ignoring the government’s orders would be illegal.

Hobart and William Smith students often visit Geneva, which is home to numerous international organizations and UN agencies. Its international mindedness, well-connected airport and central location make it an attractive place for trade fairs and congresses.

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