The UN system is increasingly pooling its efforts to tackle complex problems that cut across organizational areas of expertise and defy the efforts of any country acting alone.
Fighting AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The Joint UN Programme on AIDS pools the expertise of eight UN agencies and programmes to combat an epidemic that currently affects some 33 million people worldwide. In 2007 alone, some 2 million people died of AIDS, while 2.7 million were newly infected with HIV.
[Source: Report on the global AIDS epidemic 2008, August 2008]
A Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, called for by the Secretary-General in 2001, is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and affected communities. By 2010, it had committed some $21.7 billion in 150 countries to support aggressive interventions against these three diseases, which kill over 6 million people every year. Joint initiatives to expand immunization and develop new vaccines have enlisted the support of business leaders, philanthropic foundations, non-governmental organizations and governments, as well as UNICEF, WHO and the World Bank.
The UN system works closely with the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD), an African Union initiative that serves as a framework for international support for African development.