Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Programme commun des Nations unies sur le VIH/SIDA (ONUSIDA)

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26 July 1994, when endorsed by United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), in resolution 1994/24, under the aegis of United Nations (UN). Operational from 1 Jan 1996, replacing and taking over activities of WHO Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) and uniting six organizations in a jointly co-sponsored programme: International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) (World Bank); United Nations Development Programme (UNDP); United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO); United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF); United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA); World Health Organization (WHO). These six co-sponsors were joined by: United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) in Mar 1999; International Labour Organization (ILO) in Oct 2001; United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in June 2004; World Food Programme (WFP) in 2003. Comes within the framework of United Nations System. EU Transparency Register: 593310935720-08.


As main advocate for the global response to HIV/AIDS, lead, strengthen and support efforts to prevent HIV transmission, provide care and support, reduce impact and alleviate individual and communal vulnerability to HIV/AIDS; expand and strengthen national response to HIV/AIDS in developing countries; increase strong political and financial commitment by all governments to an expanded response to HIV/AIDS; expand and strengthen UN system response to HIV/AIDS through enhanced collaboration, coordination and joint action on policies, strategies and programmes; develop and promote international best practices, based on sound policy, strategies and research, established as an integral element of the response to HIV/AIDS.

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Reinforces roles at country, intercountry and global levels, covering 3 functions: (1) source of globally-relevant policy on HIV/AIDS; developing, promoting and strengthening international best practice and research; (2) catalyzing, targeting and providing technical support to help build and strengthen capability for an expanded response to HIV/AIDS, particularly in developing countries; (3) advocating a well-resourced and strategically, ethically and technically sound, comprehensive, multisectoral response to HIV/AIDS.


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  • Medicine
    • Physiology
    • Sexually Transmitted Diseases
  • Health Care
    • WHO Bodies
    • Care
  • International Relations
    • United Nations

UN Sustainable Development Goals **

GOAL 3: Good Health and Well-being



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