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Health has always been an essential component of development policies. In this domain, as in others, culture has a fundamental role to play. 

Peace and tolerance worldwide © UNESCO/ L.Stijovic
Conceptions of health and disease, and related beliefs, traditional practices and the use of medicinal plants: these are all essential variables to be taken into account when building sustainable development policies.

Thanks to the World Decade for Cultural Development (1988-1997), and the intellectual agitation that followed, health and culture were brought together and the diversity of their interactions was analysed. From this reflection, a working theme on "Culture and Health" was elaborated.

Currently, its main project is "The Cultural Approach to HIV and AIDS Prevention and Care". Recognizing the multiple aspects of an epidemic that continues to expand in spite of all efforts to halt it, UNESCO favours the comprehensive consideration of the specific cultures of the populations targeted by HIV and AIDS programmes. This socio-anthropological approach encourages mobilization of the cultural resources of such populations in fighting the epidemic, in order to effect long-term behavioural change.

klimenko.gif Mekong Performing Arts Laboratory and HIV/AIDS Prevention
 Hanoi, Viet Nam
27 Aug 2006 - 16 Sep 2006  The 2006 laboratory (Hanoi) will consist of a three-week intensive training course linked with UNESCO’s project for innovative HIV-prevention approaches using traditional forms of performing arts in Asia. 
neoud3d.gif Culturally appropriate and gender-sensitive reporting on HIV and AIDS in the Caucasus Region
 Tbilisi, Georgia
18 Sep 2006 - 22 Sep 2006  This sub-regional training-of-trainers workshop will highlight socio-cultural issues such as traditions, beliefs, gender norms, practices and religions related to HIV and AIDS in order to improve skills in reporting on the pandemic within the region. 
dessine_lespoir.gif Artists4life: a joint UNESCO/Dessine l’Espoir project
 Paris, France
05 Oct 2006 - 07 Oct 2006  Following exhibitions in Paris at the beginning of 2006, the joint UNESCO/Dessine l’Espoir project, Artists4Life, recently displayed in several new venues including the international fair Maison & Objet (Paris, 1-5 September 2006), the 2006 Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society (Deauville, October 2006) and the Global Business Coalition Summit on HIV/AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Paris, October 2006). 
taffic_hiv.gif Radio drama addressing trafficking, drug use and HIV prevention
 Paris, France
12 Oct 2006 - 13 Oct 2006  Based upon extensive research and field work over the last decade, UNESCO has developed a unique and innovative methodology for producing culturally appropriate/adapted radio programmes in minority languages. These programmes broadcasted by local radio stations provide effective means to educate target audiences of ethnic minority youth and, in particular, young women on issues of HIV and AIDS, trafficking and drug use. 
neoud3d.gif HIV and AIDS Vulnerability and Risk Reduction among Ethnic Minority Groups through Communication Strategies
 Vientiane, Lao People's Democratic Republic
21 Nov 2006 - 21 Nov 2006  During the mid-term review meeting, partners from the Greater Mekong Sub-region: Cambodia, China (Yunnan), Lao PDR and Thailand, will present a progress report on following components of the Asian Development Bank (ADB)-UNESCO project. 
neoud3d.gif Launch of the ToolKit on Theatre and HIV and AIDS
 Kampala, Uganda
30 Nov 2006 - 30 Nov 2006  This flagship event for English-speaking African countries is developed within the UNESCO Culture, HIV and AIDS project and is organized in a priority country, Uganda. 
digiarts35.gif Building your own Creative Teaching Practice
 Paris, France
01 Dec 2006 - 06 Dec 2006  Using the Young Digital Creators Educator's Kit, the UNESCO DigiArts Team invites teachers and educators to participate, in a special session, in building their own creative teaching practices based on the Young Digital Creators (YDC) online learning platforms on the theme of Water and HIV and AIDS. 
neoud3d.gif Contemporary Arts in Response to HIV and AIDS
 Moscow, Russian Federation
01 Dec 2006 - 01 Dec 2006  Commemoration of the World AIDS Day and mainstreaming of socio-cultural approaches to HIV and AIDS education. 
untitled.bmp UNESCO, BBC World Service Trust (WST) and UNICEF to train journalists in HIV and AIDS reporting
 Baku, Azerbaijan
02 Dec 2006 - 05 Dec 2006  In the follow-up to the training-of-trainers workshop organized by UNESCO and the BBC WST, within the framework of the UNESCO/Flanders project “Culture, HIV and AIDS in Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia”, UNICEF supports the organization of a series of training sessions at the national level in Azerbaijan. 
artists4life35.gif “Artist4Life” on exhibit at Art Paris 07
 Grand Palais, Paris, France
29 Mar 2007 - 02 Apr 2007  The French NGO Dessine l’espoir has been invited for the second consecutive year to exhibit the Artists4Life project in the contemporary art show, Art Paris 2007 at the Grand Palais. Presenting the project’s latest edition, the exhibit showcases the work of new selection of artists such as Robert Combas, Kimiko Yoshida, Kendell Geers, Ernest Pignon Ernest, Laurence Leblanc, Jérôme Btesh, Philippe Maurice and Brian Riley. 
neoud3d.gif Theater and Audiovisual Arts, an innovative approach to HIV and AIDS in Latin America and the Caribbean
 Havana, Cuba
22 May 2007 - 24 May 2007  Organized within the framework of the Culture HIV and AIDS project, this regional workshop is a multidisciplinary space for the exchange of experiences and for the assessment of arts-based methodologies using socio-cultural approaches to making people sensitive to HIV and AIDS issues. 
sida35.gif Jamboree 2007- Workshops on HIV, AIDS, Stigma and Discrimination
 Chelmsford, United Kingdom
27 Jul 2007 - 06 Aug 2007  On the occasion of the 21st World Scout Jamboree, which marks the centennial anniversary of the Scouting movement and brings together 40,000 scouts from all over the world, UNESCO organizes a series of a series of 16 workshops on the theme "Youth Speak Out About Sexuality and HIV in the Community". 

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directorgeneralS.gifMessage from Mr Koïchiro Matsuura, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2006, 1st December 2006  Office of the Spokesperson  28 Nov 2006

thumb_poverty_gender_human trafficking.gifPoverty, Gender and Human Trafficking in Sub-Saharan Africa: Rethinking Best Practices in Migration Management  Thanh-Dam Truong