In July 2000, the UN Security Council identified HIV/AIDS as a major threat to international peace and security and recognized the need to increase HIV/AIDS awareness among peacekeeping personnel. Security Council Resolution 1308 (2000) encourages HIV/AIDS education, training and prevention activities for the armed forces and UN peacekeepers.
UNMEE was the first peacekeeping mission to be deployed after the adoption of Resolution 1308. The Mission broke new ground by developing a comprehensive HIV/AIDS programme from the outset. The resulting programme became a model for other peacekeeping missions and helped to shape the HIV/AIDS policy of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations.
UNMEE’s HIV/AIDS unit offers five standard programmes: induction training, peer leadership training, voluntary counseling and testing, inter-agency programmes and community programmes.