With Resolution 1308 (2000), the United Nations Security Council addressed for the first time the impact of HIV/AIDS worldwide on all levels of society and recognized a link between the disease and the security and stability.

The text of the resolution also encouraged Member States to develop an effective long-term strategy for HIV education, prevention, Voluntary Confidential Counseling and Testing facilities (VCCT) and treatment of the personnel as part of pre-deployment activities for UN peacekeepers.

MINURSO started the implementation of UN resolution 1308 on HIV/AIDS and DPKO’s programmes in 2004. To achieve the goals, MINURSO launched in-mission programme which took into consideration the specific needs of its civilian and military personnel and focusing on the HIV/AIDS awareness activities. 

Since then, MINURSO has continued its commitment to the safety of its personnel keeping the Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP) kits available across the Mission and marking the World AIDS Day as important opportunity to increase the HIV/AIDS awareness and its impacts on human lives.

For more information about the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 — End Inequalities. End AIDS., please see here.