The secretariat of UNITAID is responsible for carrying out and managing day-to-day operations and for coordinating implementation of the work plan. The Secretariat manages relationships with partners, and coordinates their activities, in order to ensure programme and financial monitoring and reporting.

The secretariat implements the policy set by the Executive Board and provides support to the Consultative Forum. It prepares project reports and budgets for approval by the Board, and reports on the results of the actions undertaken and the use of resources.

More information on the functions of the Secretariat can be found in the By-Laws [PDF, 35KB] of UNITAID section.

The secretariat is headed by Mr Lelio Marmora, Executive Director. It currently consists of 57 people of 29 different nationalities. The working languages are English and French.

The Secretariat of UNITAID is hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva, Switzerland. The operations of the Secretariat (including recruitment, procurement, financial matters and management of the Trust Fund, UNITAID) are administered in accordance with the Constitution of UNITAID and WHO rules. There are authorized adaptations or exceptions to WHO administrative procedures and practices in order to meet the specific needs of UNITAID.

To contact the secretariat:

20, avenue Appia
CH-1211 Geneva 27

Telephone: +41 22 791 55 03
Fax: +41 22 791 48 90
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