Established following the Venice appeal launched by the Director-General of UNESCO in 1991, the Foundation seeks to mobilize international public opinion in order to strengthen AIDS research and prevention; to mobilize a wide range of private initiatives and to forge new partnerships and forms of cooperation, particularly in the field of research and prevention with a view to relaying, supplementing and extending the actions of public authorities in the fight against AIDS.
Research and prevention, exchanges with other laboratories and research centres and with universities. In addition to the establishment of centres, the Foundation encourages openness to new forms of interdisciplinary cooperation on AIDS, and regularly organizes scientific exchange and information meetings. Since 1993, the Foundation has encouraged the establishment of centres in more than eight countries worldwide: (Argentina, Côte d’Ivoire, France, Italy, Panama, South Africa, Thailand and the United States). Training for researchers: Organization of seminars for researchers working on AIDS (Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, France and Italy). Prevention: Organization of a theatre competition in collaboration with the French Ministry of Agriculture since 1994; dissemination of prevention brochures; participation in a number of prevention operations, with the involvement of Prof. Luc Montagnier, in approximately 50 countries. AIDS vaccine research projects: The Foundation coordinates a working group for this purpose under the UNESCO programme “Man against Virus”. It should be noted that the Foundation raises its own funds for its activities. UNESCO lends its support and prestige to these operations.