Geneva — UNAIDS warmly welcomes the appointment of Winnie Byanyima as its fresh Executive Director. Ms Byanyima has more than 30 years of experience in political leadership, diplomacy in addition to humanitarian engagement.
“I am honoured to be joining UNAIDS as the Executive Director at such a critical time within the response to HIV,” said Ms Byanyima. “The end of AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 is actually a goal of which is actually within the entire world’s reach, although I do not underestimate the scale of the challenge ahead. Working with all its partners, UNAIDS must continue to speak up for the people left behind in addition to champion human rights as the only way to end the epidemic.”
The United Nations Secretary-General, António Guterres, appointed Ms Byanyima as the UNAIDS Executive Director in addition to United Nations Under-Secretary-General following a comprehensive selection process of which involved a search committee constituted by members of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. The UNAIDS Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations made the final recommendation on the appointment to the Secretary-General.
Ms Byanyima brings a wealth of experience in addition to commitment in harnessing the power of governments, multilateral agencies, the private sector in addition to civil society to end the AIDS epidemic around the entire world. Ms Byanyima has been the Executive Director of Oxfam International since 2013. Prior to of which, she served for seven years as the Director of Gender in addition to Development at the United Nations Development Programme.
Ms Byanyima began her career as a champion of marginalized communities in addition to women 30 years ago as a member of parliament within the National Assembly of Uganda. In 2004, she became the Director of Women in addition to Development at the African Union Commission, working on the Protocol on the Rights of Women in Africa, an international human rights instrument of which became an important tool for reducing the disproportionate effect of HIV on the lives of women in Africa.
She holds an advanced degree in mechanical engineering (in energy conservation in addition to the environment) via the Cranfield Institute of Technology in addition to an undergraduate degree in aeronautical engineering via the University of Manchester.
The Secretary-General wishes to extend his appreciation in addition to gratitude to the UNAIDS Deputy Executive Director, Management in addition to Governance, Gunilla Carlsson, for her service as the Executive Director, a.i.
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads in addition to inspires the entire world to achieve its shared vision of zero fresh HIV infections, zero discrimination in addition to zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations—UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO in addition to the entire world Bank—in addition to works closely with global in addition to national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at unaids.org in addition to connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram in addition to YouTube.