|About UNAIDS (UNAIDS, 1997, 13 p.)|
At the global level, UNAIDS is the AIDS programme of the six cosponsors, carrying out the roles of policy development and research, technical support, advocacy, and coordination. At the same time, the six cosponsoring organizations integrate HIV/AIDS-related issues and UNAIDS policies and strategies into their ongoing work.
At the country level, UNAIDS can best be seen as the sum of AIDS-related activities carried out by its six cosponsors with the backing of UNAIDS technical guidance and resources. In countries where some or all of the cosponsors are present, their representatives meet regularly in a special Theme Group to jointly plan, programme and evaluate their AIDS-related activities.
In addition, UNAIDS has staff known as Country Programme Advisers posted in selected countries to support the Theme Groups on HIV/AIDS, to strengthen cooperation with national partners, and to provide technical support.
Important partners in national AIDS activities include governments (through both political leadership and the relevant ministries); community-based organizations; nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); the private sector; academic and research institutes; religious and other social and cultural institutions; and people living with HIV/AIDS.