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close this bookThe UNAIDS Report (UNAIDS, 1999, 53 p.)
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentList of abbreviations
View the documentPreface
close this folder1. The United Nations responds to AIDS
View the documentWhy UNAIDS?
View the documentHow UNAIDS works
View the documentUNAIDS at country level
close this folder2. Tracking the epidemic
View the documentGlobal surveillance
View the documentStrategic planning
close this folder3. Mobilizing commitment, brokering alliances
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View the documentMobilizing national leadership
View the documentInvolving people living with HIV or AIDS
View the documentPromoting broad-based action in countries
View the documentThe World AIDS Campaign
View the documentBrokering global alliances
View the documentMobilizing resources for an expanding epidemic
close this folder4. Reducing the spread of HIV
View the documentBest practice: identifying what works
View the documentCondom promotion
View the documentWomen-controlled barriers to HIV
View the documentVoluntary HIV counselling and testing
View the documentHelping HIV-positive mothers to have healthy babies
View the documentPreventing HIV in mobile populations
View the documentViolence and the sex traffic
View the documentMen who have sex with men
View the documentPreventing HIV and other harm among drug users
View the documentSexually transmitted diseases
View the documentThe search for a vaccine
close this folder5. Providing care and support and alleviating the impact of AIDS
View the document(introduction...)
View the documentHealth care for people with HIV/AIDS
View the documentSupport for infected and affected individuals
View the documentFighting discrimination and the stigma of HIV
View the documentAlleviating the societal impact of HIV/AIDS
View the documentConclusion


From 1986, the World Health Organization (WHO) had the lead responsibility on AIDS in the United Nations, helping countries to set up much-needed national AIDS programmes. But by the mid-1990s, it became clear that the relentless spread of HIV, and the epidemic’s devastating impact on all aspects of human lives and on social and economic development, were creating an emergency that would require a greatly expanded United Nations effort.

Nor could any single United Nations organization provide the coordinated level of assistance needed to address the many factors driving the HIV epidemic, or help countries deal with the impact of HIV/AIDS on households, communities and local economies. Greater coordination would be needed to maximize the impact of UN efforts.


Addressing these challenges head-on, the United Nations took an innovative approach in 1996, drawing six organizations together in a joint and cosponsored programme - the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The six original Cosponsors of UNAIDS - UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank - were joined in April 1999 by UNDCP.

The goal of UNAIDS is to catalyse, strengthen and orchestrate the unique expertise, resources, and networks of influence that each of these organizations offers. Working together through UNAIDS, the Cosponsors expand their outreach through strategic alliances with other United Nations agencies, national governments, corporations, media, religious organizations, community-based groups, regional and country networks of people living with HIV/AIDS, and other nongovernmental organizations.