UNESCO launches 12-country AIDS education project funded by OPEC

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) announced today that it has joined with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) in a two-year project to reduce the impact of the HIV/AIDS crisis in a dozen Arab and Asian countries through education.

Arab religious leaders at UN meeting pledge to fight AIDS

With 92,000 cases of HIV infection arising in the Arab world recently, regional religious leaders at a United Nations meeting today signed a declaration pledging to join in the worldwide struggle against the pandemic.

UNAIDS names Caribbean group fighting AIDS an 'international best practice'

The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) today designated the multilateral organization the Caribbean countries formed to help them fight against the pandemic “an international best practice” in a region estimated to be the world's second-worst affected by HIV/AIDS after sub-Saharan Africa.

Major funding needed to avert AIDS epidemic in China – UN

China has made an “an impressive turnaround” over the past year in its response to its growing HIV/AIDS problem and fighting tuberculosis, but investment must continue to grow if a major epidemic is to be averted, the head of a United Nations-backed effort to combat the diseases said today.

UN food agency and India sign accord on AIDS prevention, treatment

The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) and the Government of India have signed a landmark cooperation agreement for addressing HIV and AIDS by using surplus Indian food to improve nutrition.

UN system marks World AIDS Day by spotlighting epidemic's impact on women

United Nations officials today marked the 17th annual World AIDS Day by calling for societies to enable women to protect themselves at a time when nearly half of the 37.2 million people infected are female.

UN health agency reinstates two de-listed AIDS antiretroviral drugs

The United Nations health agency is reinstating two generic AIDS antiretroviral drugs it de-listed earlier this year after the Indian manufacturer carried out new studies to confirm that the medicines, widely used in developing countries, are as effective as their brand-name counterparts.

Peacekeeping missions are fighting HIV, UN expert says on eve of World AIDS Day

As preparations for Wednesday's observance of World AIDS Day gather steam, a United Nations official today stressed that HIV-prevention programmes targeting peacekeepers can help stop the epidemic's spread in areas where the UN is operating.

Number of HIV-infected women rising worldwide – UN report

The number of women living with HIV has risen in each region of the world over the past two years, with the steepest increases in East Asia, followed by Eastern Europe and Central Asia, according to a new United Nations report released today.

HIV/AIDS is expected to slash African labour force by 9 per cent by 2010 – UN

By 2010 sub-Saharan Africa’s total labour force is expected to shrink by 9 per cent due to HIV/AIDS, with losses topping 20 per cent in the worst affected countries, a United Nations-organized workshop has been told.