UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative joint venture of the United Nations family, bringing together the efforts and resources of eleven UN system organizations in the AIDS response to help the world prevent new HIV infections, care for people living with HIV, and mitigate the impact of the epidemic.
UNAIDS established in 1994 by a resolution of the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and launched in January 1996. UNAIDS brings together the efforts and resources of 11 United Nations system organizations – Co-sponsors of UNAIDS: UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, WHO, World Bank, UNODC, ILO, WFP , UNHCR and UN Women. At country level, UNAIDS works through a UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS and a UN Joint team on AIDS. The UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS was established to support an expanded multi-sectoral response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic within the UN Resident Coordinator System. It has become a key mechanism for coordinated and joint UN action at country level.
UNAIDS’ Vision: Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.
UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, is an innovative partnership that leads and inspires the world in achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. UNAIDS fulfills its mission by:
Uniting the efforts of the United Nations system, civil society, national governments, the private sector, global institutions and people living with and most affected by HIV;
Speaking out in solidarity with the people most affected by HIV in defense of human dignity, human rights and gender equality;
Mobilizing political, technical, scientific and financial resources and holding ourselves and others accountable for results;
Empowering agents of change with strategic information and evidence to influence and ensure that resources are targeted where they deliver the greatest impact and bring about a prevention revolution; and
Supporting inclusive country leadership for sustainable responses that are integral to and integrated with national health and development efforts.
UNAIDS in Tajikistan
In Tajikistan UNAIDS is supporting the scaling up of national response on HIV through advocacy, increasing national capacity, strengthen the enabling environment and ensuring universal access of targeted groups to HIV prevention, treatment and care.
Starting in 2005, the United Nations Joint Project on HIV advocacy project (UN JAP) functions in Tajikistan, which is funded by several UN agencies (UNDP, UNAIDS, UNFPA, UNICEF). The main direction of this project is to support scaling-up universal access to prevention, treatment and care, introducing the “three ones” principles directed at strengthening coordination capacity, strategic planning, national monitoring and evaluation systems and also increasing awareness of the general population, including high risk groups and supporting initiative groups living with HIV. UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS in Tajikistan coordinates the project activities. The activities of this project are based on close collaboration with governmental structures of all sectors, NGOs and mass media. This project promotes the involvement of new partners in the national response to the epidemic, introducing new methods and awareness raising campaigns such as: Open TV dialogues and “talk shows” and using different methods and new technologies for promoting prevention measures.