The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS is the main advocate for accelerated, comprehensive and coordinated global action on the HIV/AIDS epidemic. UNAIDS seeks to prevent the HIV/AIDS epidemic from becoming a severe pandemic, UNAIDS is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland, where it shares some site facilities with the World Health Organization. It is a member of the United Nations Development Group and its first executive director was Peter Piot, Michel Sidibé currently leads UNAIDS. The agency promotes the GIPA principle formulated in 1994, and endorsed by the United Nations in 2001 and 2006. The aim of UNAIDS is to mount and support an expanded response to HIV/AIDS, one that engages the efforts of many sectors and partners from government. Peter Piot was the first executive director of UNAIDS and he served from its inception in 1995 until 2008, when he departed to lead the Institute for Global Health at Imperial College London. On 1 January 2009, Michel Sidibé became the new director of UNAIDS. Jan Beagle is the Deputy Executive Director of Management and Governance, UNAIDS has ten global Goodwill Ambassadors who help strengthen awareness of the organisations work. The United Nations Declaration Commitment on HIV/AIDS provides the framework for UNAIDS action. Promoting partnerships among various stakeholders is reflected within the section of the Declaration of Commitment. UNAIDS works to promote partnerships among and between this diverse and broad range of non-state entities, UNAIDS has collaborated with the Roman Catholic Church, especially Caritas Internationalis, in the fight against AIDS, something which materialized in a December 2005 message by Pope Benedict XVI. However, it indicated in a 2009 communiqué that it did not agree that condoms were unhelpful in AIDS prevention and this includes support for approaches intended to increase participation, improve connectedness of efforts and strengthen the various participants capacity for action. To fulfil this mandate, UNAIDS is supported by contributions from governments, foundations, corporations, private groups. In 2003, more than US$118.5 million was received from 30 governments, philanthropic organizations, individuals from around the world, the largest donors were the Netherlands followed by Norway, the United States, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Japan. In 2004,35 governments contributed to UNAIDS
The UNAIDS building in Geneva, Switzerland, with the Jura Mountains in the background.
UNAIDS Policy Position Paper on Intensifying HIV Prevention in 2005