Since its establishment in 1996, the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS, has assumed the main responsibility within the UN system for helping the country to strengthen the capacity to cope with the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The main role of the UN TG on HIV/AIDS is advocacy, public awareness and coordination and support for national capacity building in AIDS prevention. In countries that do not have permanent UNAIDS representation, the approach used to address HIV/AIDS issues is through the establishment of a so-called "United Nations Theme Group on HIV/AIDS" whose permanent members are the representatives of the six co-sponsors of UNAIDS, namely UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF, WB, WHO,UNDCP and UNFPA. Representatives from those UN agencies are all members of the UN Theme Group on HIV/AIDS in Moldova, which also comprises members (link) from other donor organizations such as Soros Foundation, UNHCR, TACIS as well as representatives from the governmental and non-governmental sectors, including people living with HIV/AIDS. The UN Theme Group is responsible for policy making and advocacy and is supported by its implementing agents, the so-called Technical Working Group (link) and the national UNAIDS Focal Point, technical and administrative support.