World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day

1 December

Every year on 1 December, UNESCO stands together with UNAIDS, co-sponsors and other partners for World AIDS Day.

While considerable progress has been made towards ending AIDS as a public health threat, the HIV epidemic is not over and young people remain disproportionately at risk. In 2020 alone, 410,000 young people between the ages of 10 to 24 were newly infected with HIV, of whom 150,000 were adolescents between the ages of 10 and 19. Moreover, comprehensive knowledge of HIV among young people remains far too low, with only one in three demonstrating accurate knowledge.

Comprehensive sexuality education (CSE) is essential for young people to be able to protect themselves from HIV. It also helps young people avoid unintended pregnancy and other sexually transmitted infections, encourages them to seek out health-related information and services, promotes values of tolerance, mutual respect and non-violence in relationships, and supports a safe transition into adulthood.

"The education sector has a transformative role to play in promoting the health and well-being of all learners and ending inequalities, stigma and discrimination. That is why UNESCO was proud to announce, on the occasion of World AIDS Day 2021, the launch of a new set of recommendations on meeting the needs of young people living with HIV."
UNESCO Director-General
Audrey Azoulay Director-General of UNESCO

What UNESCO does on HIV and AIDS

Education for health and well-being
HIV and Sexuality Education
UNESCO Health and Education Resource Center
Young people today, time to act now

Read about

Introducing the Our Rights, Our Lives, Our Future (O3) Programme 2018-2022
UNESCO Office Harare
International technical guidance on sexuality education: an evidence-informed approach
UNESCO strategy on education for health and well-being: contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals