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This article talks about the United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS), an essential component of the United Nations. This is an important concept for the UPSC exam international relations.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is the main advocate for accelerated, coordinated and comprehensive global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
The mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS that includes preventing HIV transmission, providing support and care to those already living with the virus, reducing the vulnerability of individuals and communities to HIV and alleviating the impact of the epidemic. UNAIDS seeks to prevent the HIV/AIDS epidemic from becoming a severe pandemic. UNAIDS is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, where it shares some site facilities with the World Health Organization(WHO). It is a member of the United Nations Development Group.
Governments, corporations, foundations, private groups like universities, students, etc, as well as individuals, are supporting UNAIDS by their voluntary contributions. The first executive director of UNAIDS was Peter Piot. He served from 1995 to 2008. Michel Sidibe became the next executive director in January 2009.
The main goals of UNAIDS include – advocacy and leadership for effective actions against this deadly disease; technical support and strategic information for guiding efforts against HIV; strategic partnership development and engagement of civil society; resource mobilization for supporting an effective response, etc.