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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS

UNAIDS – the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS – was established in 1994 to ensure a coordinated and concentrated response to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. It replaced the Global Programme on AIDS (GPA) first launched in 1987.

UNAIDS is the most important of the United Nations' programmes, and is the leading body for global action to achieve a worldwide political consensus on the fight against the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The programme is mandated to manage, strengthen and support worldwide efforts to stem the spread of the epidemic.

These efforts are geared to preventing the further spread of HIV/AIDS, fostering treatment and care for victims, minimising the social and personal consequences of the epidemic, and reducing the vulnerability of individuals and entire sections of society to HIV/AIDS.

UNAIDS builds knowledge stations and networks, bundles experience and supports other organisations and institutions at all levels in the fight against HIV/AIDS.

In 2008 the BMZ contributed 1.75 million euros to UNAIDS.

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United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

20, avenue Appia
1211 Geneva 27
Phone: +41 / 22 / 7 91 36 66
Fax: +41 / 22 / 7 91 41 87

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