Eamonn Murphy, Director, Regional Support Teams for Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions

Eamonn Murphy leads UNAIDS’ efforts in promoting an expanded and integrated United Nations system response to HIV at the country and regional levels for Asia Pacific and Eastern Europe and Central Asia regions. Providing the strategic direction, advocacy, coordination, and technical support needed to catalyse and connect leadership from governments, communities, and key partners to deliver life-saving HIV services.

Previously Mr Murphy was Deputy Executive Director, Programme a.i. supporting the transition and realignment of UNAIDS Secretariat to support implementation of the new Global AIDS Strategy. Until October 2021 Mr. Murphy was Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, where he supported countries across the region in achieving the goals outlined in the United Nations Political Declaration on Ending AIDS as well as the Global AIDS Strategy. Leading and facilitating a joint United Nations response to support countries and their HIV programmes, including strengthening the links between governments, civil society, the United Nations system and development partners.

Prior to that Mr Murphy was the UNAIDS Country Director in Myanmar, where he supported Myanmar’s significant scale-up of services and helped to create an enabling environment and overcome legislative obstacles. He also served in Viet Nam as UNAIDS Country Director, where he was honoured with the Order of Friendship by the President in 2010 in recognition of his commitment to the people of Viet Nam. He also served in UNAIDS Global Centre as Director of Governance, United Nations System and Donor Relations, and as the first UNAIDS Country Coordinator in Myanmar.

Before joining the United Nations in 2002, Mr Murphy held several senior positions with the Australian Government, including Director for Health Sectors with AusAID in the Foreign Ministry, as well as Head of the Communicable Diseases and Environmental Health Branch and Director of the National AIDS Programme for the Commonwealth Health Department.