United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)


UNAIDS is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations family. It brings together the efforts and resources on nine UN system organizations to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for those already infected, and mitigate the impact of epidemic.

The nine Cosponsors are United Nations Children’s Fund, World Food Program, United Nations Development Program, United Nations Population Fund, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, International Labour Organization, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, World Health Organization and World Bank.

UNAIDS was established in 1994 by a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council and launched in January 1996. The Organization is guided by a Program Coordinating Board with representatives of 22 governments from all geographic regions, the UNAIDS Cosponsors, and five representatives of nongovernmental organizations (NGOs), including associations of people living with HIV/AIDS.