UNAIDS (the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS) is the lead multilateral organization coordinating the global response to HIV/AIDS. Its mandate is to prevent the transmission of the virus, provide treatment and care for people living with the disease, reduce the vulnerability of individuals and communities to the virus, and lower the disease's worldwide impact.
UNAIDS is a network of eleven United Nations organizations and a secretariat contributing their efforts and resources to the AIDS response. The organizations, or cosponsors, are:
UNAIDS works through these organizations in HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support at the country level, promotes global advocacy and guides technical support.
Canada is an active member of UNAIDS through the Programme Coordinating Board. Involvement on this board allows Canada to influence the policy development of the organization while contributing to the global dialogue on HIV/AIDS.
Canada has been a strong supporter of UNAIDS since its establishment in 1996.
Canada's support to UNAIDS is part of the global effort toward achieving Millennium Development Goal 6: combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases. Canada's support to UNAIDS helps to maximize the reach of investments while helping shape the development and implementation of global HIV-related policies and practices that are aligned with Canadian priorities.
UNAIDS' focus on the need to give increased attention to children and youth in the fight against HIV/AIDS makes it a key multilateral partner for Canada. Young people aged 15 to 24 represent an estimated 45 percent of new HIV infections worldwide, with most in sub-Saharan Africa. Adolescent girls are especially vulnerable to HIV/AIDS.
HIV/AIDS slows economic growth by reducing the workforce, and causes financial strain on affected households and communities. Preventing the further spread of HIV/AIDS and providing care and treatment for affected individuals will enable families and communities to participate in, and benefit from, economic growth.
Canada's international development work with UNAIDS focuses on three strategic objectives:
In 2011, with the support of Canada and other donors, UNAIDS
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