Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS

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Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS Program
Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS


Main building in Geneva , Switzerland
Organization type program
Abbreviation UNAIDS, ONUSIDA
management Winnie Byanyima
since November 1, 2019 Uganda
Founded July 26, 1994
Headquarters Pregny-Chambésy , Switzerland
Upper organization United NationsU.N. United Nations

The Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS ( English Joint United Nations Program on HIV / AIDS , UNAIDS ) is a project United Nations with the aim of the various HIV / AIDS - a pandemic to coordinate individual countries in the fight against AIDS activities. The organization's headquarters are in Pregny-Chambésy near Geneva, Switzerland .

An important function of UNAIDS is to collect data and the consequences of the epidemic, to record the social (living conditions of the infected) and to document the impact of the epidemic on the economy of the states.

UNAIDS supports the World AIDS Conference and publishes the Global HIV / AIDS Report twice a year .


It was created in 1996 from the Global Program on HIV / AIDS of the World Health Organization . HIV / AIDS cannot be fought in the medical sector alone, as it affects many aspects of human society because of the way the epidemic is transmitted and spread . In the early years of the spread of AIDS, the specialized agencies of the UN and the states each had their own programs, of which very few were pooled to increase their effectiveness. In order to better coordinate the activities of these programs, UNAIDS was founded.

The chairman was from December 12, 1994 to December 31, 2008 the Belgian Peter Piot , Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations. His successor on December 1, 2008 was Michel Sidibé , who comes from Mali and, before joining UNAIDS, worked for the United Nations Children's Fund UNICEF for 14 years . Shannon Hader was appointed Deputy Director in February 2019. Sidibé resigned in May 2019, and Gunilla Carlsson from Sweden was provisionally appointed as his successor.

For 2016, the organization had revenues of $ 229 million and expenses of $ 182 million.


The United Nations Joint Program on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS) is led by an executive director. So far, the following people have held this office:

photo Surname Country Term of office
Peter Piot BelgiumBelgium Belgium 1994-2008
Michel Sidibé MaliMali Mali 2009-2019
Gunilla Carlsson Gunilla Carlsson SwedenSweden Sweden May – Oct. 2019
Winnie Byanyima Winnie Byanyima UgandaUganda Uganda Nov. 2019 -


In addition to the UN member states, UNAIDS is co-financed by ten organizations:

The Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations (CCO) is a forum for co-sponsors and meets twice a year. It is chaired by one of the partner organizations. The chairmanship is awarded annually by rotation.

UN agencies working with UNAIDS

In order to fight HIV and AIDS effectively, UNAIDS coordinates the work of these special agencies of the UN:

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Individual evidence

  1. [1] accessed on December 9, 2019
  2. UNAIDS: UNAIDS Report on the global AIDS epidemic 2013 . ( Online (PDF; 1.4 MB) [accessed January 30, 2014]).
  4. accessed on July 4, 2019
  5. Expenditure by Agency | United Nations System Chief Executives Board for Coordination. Retrieved November 22, 2018 .
  6. ^ Committee of Sponsoring Organizations. UNAIDS, archived from the original on December 2, 2010 ; accessed on March 2, 2016 .