On October 24, 2002, the U.N. Postal Administration issued a set of three commemorative stamps on AIDS Awareness.
In the 1980s, the World Health Organization led U.N. efforts to combat AIDS. By 1996, however, it was clear that the devastating epidemic required a greatly expanded program. Six organizations combined to co-sponsor the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS). The six original organizations were: UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNESCO, WHO, and the World Bank. They were joined later by UNDCP and ILO. UNAIDS is dedicated to halting the epidemic and reducing its impact.
The stamp image is a photograph of the U.N. Secretariat Building taken during a special General Assembly session on HIV/AIDS in June 2001. The symbolic red AIDS ribbon was displayed in lights over the facade of the building to highlight the importance of the conference.