Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS)

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) is the main United Nations programme advocating for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV epidemic. The mission of UNAIDS is to lead, strengthen and support an expanded response to HIV and AIDS. The agency’s work includes preventing transmission of HIV, providing care and support 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 epidemic from becoming a severe pandemic.


UNAIDS was founded in 1995 following a resolution by the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). UNAIDS established a country office in Papua New Guinea in 2003.

For more information please visit the UNAIDS website.