What is UNAIDS?
The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads the global effort to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. In doing so, UNAIDS coordinates and leverages the technical expertise of 11 Cosponsoring United Nations agencies[i] for a multisectoral response, at the same time working closely with civil society and community-based organizations. UNAIDS is the only United Nations entity with civil society representation on its governing body.
Established in 1996, UNAIDS provides the strategic direction, advocacy, coordination and technical support needed to catalyse and connect leadership from governments, the private sector and communities for comprehensive evidence-informed, rights-based and gender-sensitive responses to the AIDS pandemic. UNAIDS leads the world’s most extensive data collection on HIV epidemiology, programme coverage and finance. It generates strategic information and analysis that increases the understanding of the state of the AIDS pandemic and progress made at the local, national, regional and global levels and publishes the most authoritative and up-to-date information on the HIV epidemic—vital for an effective AIDS response.
In 2021, United Nations Member States came together at the General Assembly and adopted the Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030[ii], to get back on track to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. In line with the Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026: End Inequalities, End AIDS, [iii] United Nations Member States have committed to end the inequalities that are driving AIDS and other pandemics. The Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026, building on the lessons learned from the 40 years of the AIDS response, articulates dedicated inequality targets, the 10–10–10 targets,[v] in addition to other bold prevention and treatment targets.
AIDS epidemic and response
Since the first case of AIDS was officially reported more than 40 years ago, the world has achieved great progress in turning the epidemic around. AIDS-related deaths have been reduced by 64% since the peak in 2004, and by 47% since 2010. In 2020, around 680 000 people died from AIDS-related illnesses worldwide, compared to 1.9 million people in 2004 and 1.3 million people in 2010.
However, the immense scale of the AIDS pandemic remains, and urgent action is needed to end AIDS by 2030. In 2020, there were still 1.5 million new HIV infections. Further, of the 37.7 million people living with HIV, 10.2 million were not on treatment. Of those not on treatment, 4.1 million did not know their HIV status, and 6.1 million knew their HIV status but could not access treatment. Furthermore, the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated socioeconomic inequalities between regions and countries as well as among population groups, in the process eroding the achievements made towards the 2030 HIV targets.
UNAIDS’ office in Brussels/about UNAIDS in Brussels
UNAIDS’ office in Brussels partners with the institutions of the European Union (EU) to promote and advance the AIDS response to achieve the 2030 goal of ending AIDS as a public health threat.
The UNAIDS office in Brussels positions UNAIDS by:
- Influencing policy and fostering partnerships to ensure the inclusion of HIV-related issues in the EU’s internal and external actions.
- Mobilizing resources for UNAIDS interventions at the country level.
- Promoting and communicating UNAIDS’ partnership with the EU.
- Supporting UNAIDS country offices and Headquarters in engaging and further developing the partnership with the EU and its member states.
UNAIDS Representation Office in Brussels
Eurostation 5E, Place Victor Horta 40/10, 5th Floor
Dr Jantine Jacobi
UNAIDS Representative to the European Union
Tel.: +32 250 646 69
Mobile. +32 492 585 006
UNAIDS Global Communications Manager
Tel.: +41 22 791 1697
Mobile. +41 79 514 68 96