Opening of the new UNAIDS/WHO Building
20 November 2006 - The new UNAIDS/WHO was inaugurated today by the UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, in the presence of around 150 high level guests, heads of UN agencies, diplomatic missions, staff and the senior management of the two organizations. The building, which is located opposite the WHO Main Building, will house some 450 staff of UNAIDS and WHO HTM Cluster (HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria).
"This building symbolises and gives practical effect to the joint work between UNAIDS and WHO. A building like this is not just a better way of grouping offices. It is a strong commitment to collaboration," said Dr Anders Nordström, Acting Director-General of WHO at the opening ceremony this morning.
The new building will enable the UNAIDS Secretariat in Geneva, previously located in a small annex building of WHO and three other leased offices, to function under one roof for the first time. The WHO HIV/AIDS, TB, and Malaria departments will also have the opportunity to be housed together with the Stop TB and Roll Back Malaria Partnerships, enhancing teamwork, productivity and cost efficiencies.
The building was designed by Baumschlager-Eberle GmbH, Austria.