The UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards

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Summary of the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards

UN Cares is designed to reduce the impact of HIV in the UN workplace by supporting "universal access" to a comprehensive range of benefits, including prevention, treatment, care and support for all personnel and their families. Known as the UN Cares 10 Minimum Standards, these benefits:

  • help save lives and improve staff well-being, reduce stigma and discrimination, and sustain the UN's capacity to do its core work;
  • establish a common implementation framework to realize the UN Personnel Policy on HIV/AIDS; and
  • serve as a model of the UN reform process by "Delivering as One" an HIV workplace programme that builds on existing workplace efforts of various UN agencies, while eliminating duplication of effort.

1. Information about UN policies and benefits related to HIV. All personnel and their families have access to information about UN system policy, programmes, personnel rights, benefits, and their own responsibilities regarding HIV and AIDS.

2. Information about preventing transmission of HIV and accessing services. All personnel and their families have appropriate knowledge about how to protect themselves from HIV, and those living with or affected by HIV know where to access good quality care, treatment and support.

3. Learning and training activities on stigma and discrimination. Measures are in place to combat stigma and discrimination, and to increase gender awareness.

4. Access to male and female condoms. When high-quality condoms are not reliably and consistently available from the private sector, access should be simple and discreet at the UN workplace, either free or at low cost.

5. Voluntary counselling and testing. All personnel and their families are aware of where and how to access voluntary counselling and testing.

6. Insurance covering HIV-related expenses. All staff and recognized dependents have access to insurance coverage that allows them to access services for HIV prevention, treatment and care.

7. Confidential handling of personal information. All UN personnel with access to personal information maintain its confidentiality (such as HIV status or any other medical condition).

8. First aid using standard precautions. All personnel have access to first aid using standard precautions including the use of gloves and sterilized equipment.

9. Rapid access to PEP starter kits. All personnel and family members have access within 72 hours to HIV emergency post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) starter kits and related care in case of possible exposure to HIV.

10. Managerial commitment. All UN managers assume leadership on the implementation of UN Cares.

To find out how your office, organization or the UN system as a whole is doing in implementing the 10 Minimum Standards, click here to use the UN Cares Progress Monitoring Tool.