The ILO is the lead UN agency for HIV/AIDS policies and programmes in the world of work and private sector mobilization. The ILO Programme on HIV/AIDS and the World of Work (ILO/AIDS) plays a key role in the HIV/AIDS global response through workplaces. HIV/AIDS is an integral part of the ILO’s Decent Work Agenda. ILO/AIDS also contributes to the UN Millennium Development Goals by achieving universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.

As a cosponsor organization, the ILO contributes towards the outcome-based framework of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) and to the priority areas identified by UNAIDS.

The ILO mobilizes governments, employers’ and workers’ organizations through its tripartite structure and builds on a long-lasting experience in creating jobs, protecting the rights of workers, opposing discrimination and improving social protection, occupational safety and health.

Strategic objectives of ILO/AIDS

Key principles guiding ILO/AIDS’ action

  • A rights-based and gender-sensitive approach;
  • Non-discrimination in the world of work;
  • Enhancing leadership and action at the national level for workplace policies and programmes;
  • Integrating HIV/AIDS into existing world of work structures and in the ILO Decent Work Country Programmes, global products and Declaration on Social Justice;
  • Integrating HIV/AIDS workplace initiatives into the National AIDS policies, legislation, strategies and programmes;
  • Addressing HIV and tuberculosis (TB) co-infection in the world of work;
  • Promoting strategic partnerships at global, regional and national levels.

Strategic priorities of ILO/AIDS (2010-2015)

  • Develop national HIV/AIDS workplace legislation and policies, based on the Recommendation concerning HIV and AIDS and the World of Work, 2010 (No. 200) and the ILO Code of practice on HIV/AIDS through advocacy and provision of technical support;
  • Strengthen the capacity of ILO constituents, private sector and civil society organizations, including networks of people living with HIV (PLHIV), to undertake HIV/AIDS programmes in the world of work;
  • Undertake research to identify workers at risk in specific economic sectors and analyze the impacts of HIV/AIDS on social and economic development and the world of work;
  • Support the development of policies and targeted initiatives responding to the needs of those at risk, including migrant and mobile workers, in key economic sectors;
  • Strengthen public-private partnerships for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support;
  • Expand social protection for people living with and affected by HIV and AIDS;
  • Assist ILO constituents in mobilizing resources for scaling up HIV/AIDS programmes in the world of work;
  • Promote the integration of TB into HIV/AIDS workplace programmes;
  • Reinforce the mainstreaming of HIV/AIDS in ILO programmes and projects;
  • Implement a multi-pronged communications strategy;
  • Document and disseminate good practices at global, regional and national levels.

Programme activities

The Programme seeks to understand and respond to the effects of HIV/AIDS in the world of work and support action by its tripartite constituents through:

  • Technical cooperation: projects and activities in over 70 countries;
  • Research-based policy analysis and legal guidance on HIV/AIDS issues in the world of work;
  • Information, communications and advocacy through a range of channels including publications and technical meetings at global, regional and national levels.