Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Source description last updated: 28 May 2015
In brief:
The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is an initiative to accelerate and coordinate UN member states’ response to HIV/AIDS.
Coverage on
Progress reports and other relevant publications.
Covered quarterly on, for countries of priorities A-C.
“(a) Provide global leadership in response to the epidemic;
(b) Achieve and promote global consensus on policy and programmatic approaches;
(c) Strengthen the capacity of the United Nations system to monitor trends and ensure that appropriate and effective policies and strategies are implemented at the country level;
(d) Strengthen the capacity of national Governments to develop comprehensive national strategies and implement effective HIV/AIDS activities at the country level;
(e) Promote broad-based political and social mobilization to prevent and respond to HIV/AIDS within countries, ensuring that national responses involve a wide range of sectors and institutions;
(f) Advocate greater political commitment in responding to the epidemic at the global and country levels, including the mobilization and allocation of adequate resources for HIV/AIDS-related activities.” (UN Economic and Social Council: Resolution 1994/24, 26 July 1994)
“Towards the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths, the UNAIDS 2011-2015 Strategy expressly calls for accelerated efforts in countries where the leveraging of the UN system and other capacities will have the greatest impact. To implement this strategic mandate, since 2011, UNAIDS has prioritized joint work in 30+ High Impact Countries. Across these countries, UNAIDS has taken steps to intensify assistance, has enhanced the coherence and coordination of joints efforts, and has strengthened the mobilization of financial and technical resources to expedite progress towards national AIDS goals.” (UNAIDS: Focus on results at country level, undated)
“The 2012-2015 Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) is UNAIDS instrument for resource planning, monitoring and reporting with the principal aim of catalyzing action and results at country level in the response to AIDS within a broader development context.
Since 2008 UNAIDS biennial budget is US$485 million.
Holding the core budget to zero nominal growth over eight years (from 2008 through 2015) means a considerable decrease in real terms as there is no re-costing to take into account inflation or increases in costs which impact the level of expenditures.” (UNAIDS website: Resources, undated)
Further information on contributions and 2014-2015 budget:
UNAIDS website: Contributions, undated
UNAIDS website: 2014-2015 budget and expenditure, undated
Scope of reporting:
Geographic focus: UN member states.
Thematic focus: State response to HIV/AIDS.
The political declaration on HIV and AIDS of 8 July 2011 includes the “[r]equest [to] the Secretary-General to provide to the General Assembly an annual report on progress achieved in realizing the commitments made in the present Declaration and, with support from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, to report to the Assembly on progress in accordance with global reporting on the Millennium Development Goals at the 2013 review of the Goals and subsequent reviews.” (UN General Assembly: Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Intensifying Our Efforts to Eliminate HIV and AIDS, 8 July 2011, p. 17)
“The 2011 Political Declaration mandates UNAIDS to support countries in reporting back on progress made towards achieving the new commitments. [...]
Each report is presented exactly as submitted by the country, without editing or other alteration. These submissions will form the basis of the UN Secretary-General’s report to the General Assembly as well as the 2014 End of Year Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic.” (UNAIDS website, 2014 Progress reports submitted by countries, undated)
“The Global AIDS Response Progress Reporting (GARPR) indicators (before 2012 known as UNGASS indicators) were until 2012 reported at the global level every second year. However, from 2013 data is collected every year.
To assess progress made against the targets, the collection and reporting of indicator data is an important part. Countries are strongly encouraged to integrate these core indicators into their on-going monitoring and evaluation activities. These indicators are designed to help countries assess the current state of their national response and progress in achieving their national HIV targets. They will contribute to a better understanding of the global response to the HIV pandemic, including progress towards the global targets set in the 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals.” (UNAIDS, UNICEF, WHO: Global AIDS response progress reporting 2015 - Construction of Core indicators for monitoring the 2011 United Nations political declaration on HIV and AIDS, p. 5)
“The primary measurement tools vary by indicator and include:
- nationally representative, population-based sample surveys
- behavioural surveillance surveys
- specially designed surveys and questionnaires, including surveys of specific population groups (e.g. specific service coverage surveys)
- patient tracking systems
- health information systems
- sentinel surveillance
- national HIV estimates from Spectrum software
- the National Commitments and Policy Instrument (NCPI) questionnaire.” (UNAIDS: Global AIDS response progress reporting 2015 - Construction of Core indicators for monitoring the 2011 United Nations political declaration on HIV and AIDS, December 2014, p. 12)
Core indicators for Global AIDS response progress reporting can be found in:
UNAIDS: Global AIDS response progress reporting 2015 - Construction of Core indicators for monitoring the 2011 United Nations political declaration on HIV and AIDS, 2014, p. 24ff.
Language(s) of publications:
English, French, Spanish and other UN languages.
Further reading / links:
UN Economic and Social Council: 1994/24. Joint and co-sponsored United Nations programme on human immunodeficiency virus/acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV/AIDS), 26 July 1994
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