World AIDS Day is celebrated every year on December 1st around the world. It has become one of the most celebrated international health days and a crucial occasion to increase awareness, commemorate and honour the achievements of those who have died, such as expanded access to healthcare and preventive programmes.
From its inception until 2004, UNAIDS took the lead in campaigning for World AIDS Day. In consultation with civil society, associations and government agencies participating in the AIDS response, the World AIDS Campaign’s Global Steering Committee began choosing a theme for World AIDS Day in 2004.
Themes are one to two years in duration and are not only specific to World AIDS Day. Slogans for campaigning, such as ‘Stop AIDS. Keep the Promise’ has been used throughout the year to hold governments accountable for their obligations related to HIV and AIDS.