World AIDS Day 2011: Getting to Zero


To mark World AIDS Day (1 December 2011), UNESCO has launched a comprehensive new web portal featuring all aspects of the Organization’s response to HIV and AIDS, from advancing gender equality and protecting human rights, to helping countries build effective education responses to HIV by strengthening life skills and sexuality education.

The website also provides access to information about UNESCO’s work in this area in all regions of the world.

UNESCO’s work is aligned with the theme of this year’s World AIDS Day: “Getting to Zero”, which is drawn from the UNAIDS vision of “Zero new HIV infections. Zero discrimination. Zero AIDS-related deaths.”

Along with other agencies in UNAIDS, UNESCO works closely with governments and organizations around the world to target epidemic priority countries and deliver a coordinated global response. At the regional and country level, the Organization is working closely with ministries of health and education and civil society leaders to provide culturally appropriate, evidence-driven interventions for preventing HIV and ending stigma.  

Ensuring that schools around the world address HIV and health issues and provide support to HIV-positive learners and teachers is a key priority for UNESCO. On World AIDS Day, UNESCO field offices are hosting meetings, celebrations, multimedia events and other activities to bolster the local and global AIDS response. 

Every year, 1 December is an occasion for individuals and groups to come together to raise awareness on HIV and AIDS and to demonstrate solidarity with those who live with HIV.

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