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The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) was established in 1996 with a mandate to ensure an integrated and coherent UN approach to promote HIV prevention and to fight AIDS.
In efforts to leverage the AIDS response, the UNAIDS Secretariat works to incite political action and promotes universal rights. Globally, it sets policy and is one of the main sources of HIV-related data.
UNAIDS applies a multisectoral approach by coordinating the efforts of 11 UN organisations to achieve the following goals:
• Prevent the spread of the HIV virus
• Improve medical care for people already living with HIV/AIDS
• Reduce the social and economic impact of the epidemic
Based on the Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, UNAIDs has developed its strategy for 2016-2021: On the Fast-Track to end AIDS.
Switzerland considers UNAIDS to be the most important multilateral platform in the fight against HIV/AIDS and especially appreciates its efforts to coordinate and harmonise action in the operational system of the United Nations. UNAIDS also has advantages over individual countries in addressing culturally sensitive issues. Furthermore, the goals pursued by UNAIDS correspond to Swiss priorities in development cooperation and humanitarian aid.
Please find more information about the Swiss cooperation with UNAIDS in our factsheet.
Susanne Amsler is the SDC Programme Manager for UNAIDS