Ahead of World AIDS Day 2022 celebration

WHO calls on global leaders and citizens to boldly recognize and address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS.

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This year’s World AIDS Day theme is “Equalize”. WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to boldly recognize and address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS; and equalize access to essential HIV services particularly for children and vulnerable groups.

The global HIV response is in danger, even as HIV remains a major public health issue that affects millions of people worldwide. Over the last few years progress towards HIV goals has stalled, resources have shrunk, and millions of lives are at risk as a result.

Division, disparity and disregard for human rights are among the failures that allowed HIV to become and remain a global health crisis.

On 1 December WHO joins partners to commemorate World AIDS Day 2022, under the theme “Equalize”. WHO is calling on global leaders and citizens to boldly recognize and address the inequalities which are holding back progress in ending AIDS; and equalize access to essential HIV services particularly for children and key populations and their partners – men who have sex with men, transgender people, people who use drugs, sex workers, and people in prisons.

Join WHO, UNAIDS and other International Organizations, Member States and communities working on AIDS in Geneva, for an afternoon of action and solidarity. We will hear from activists and global health leaders and take a photo of a “human red ribbon” at the Place des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Geneva programme


14:00–14:45 | United to Equalize against AIDS – Red Ribbon Café, UNAIDS-WHO D Building

Hearing from people living with HIV 

  • Maurine Murenga, Executive Director of Lean on Me Foundation Kenya, member of UNITAID Board 
  • Gracia Violeta Ross, HIV Focal Point, World Council of Churches 

Call to Action: Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS on video

Leadership in the AIDS response 

  • Loyce Pace, Assistant Secretary, Office of Global Affairs, U.S. Department of HHS 
  • Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General of the World Health Organization  

On video: Alisson Becker, Brazilian footballer & WHO Goodwill Ambassador for Health Promotion 

Country leadership 

  • Claire Moran, Director for Global Health, FCDO, United Kingdom 
  • H.E. Mr. Jurg Lauder, Switzerland 

Communities calling to equalize 

  • Birgit Poniatowski, Executive Director, IAS  
  • Ksenia Kirichenko, ILGA World 

Closing 

  • Marijke Wijnroks, Chief of Staff, Global Fund on AIDS, TB and Malaria 
  • H.E. Mrs. Suphatra Srimaitreephithak, Thailand 

Moderation: Meg Doherty, Director of WHO Global HIV, Hepatitis and STIs Programmes and Carlos Garcia de Leone Moreno, UN Plus


14:45–15:15 | Solidarity walk to Place des Nations from UNAIDS building


15:15–16:00 | Photo commemoration at Place des Nations

Please RSVP to internalcomms@unaids.org and kindly register on the following link to access the building: UNAIDS World AIDS Day – Equalize event (8 November 2022–1 December 2022): Overview – Indico

World AIDS Day events around the world

Other events and activities will take place across the world. These activities will be led not only by official bodies but also, most importantly, by communities. Through photos and videos shared by groups on social media, people will be able to have a sense of the kaleidoscope of events taking place and be inspired by the determination and hope.