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UNAIDS releases global guidelines to monitor progress on the implementation of the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS

18 November 2011

At the 2011 United Nations General Assembly High Level Meeting on AIDS that took place in June in New York, Member States adopted a new Political Declaration entitled “Intensifying our Efforts to Eliminate HIV/AIDS”, which contains new targets to effectively respond to the AIDS epidemic.

The new Political Declaration, as the one adopted in 2001 did, mandates countries to report to the UNAIDS Secretariat every two years on progress made in achieving the new commitments as well as UNAIDS to support countries in reporting back. It also provides for the UN Secretary-General to report regularly to the General Assembly on progress achieved in realizing these commitments.

In order to help countries produce standardized reports to effectively measure the state of the epidemic, UNAIDS has released the new guidelines on Global AIDS Response Progress Reporting 2012. The guidelines outline a set of core global indicators designed to help countries assess the current state of their national AIDS response and progress made in achieving their national HIV targets. They will contribute to a better understanding of the global AIDS response, including progress towards meeting the global targets set in the 2011 Political Declaration as well as the Millennium Development Goals.

The new global guidelines replace the UNGASS reporting ones that were based on the 2001 UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV and AIDS and which saw the submission of reports by 182 out of 192 Member States in 2010.

UNAIDS encourages UN Member States to continue their outstanding record of reporting on national progress on AIDS and to submit their next Country Progress Reports on AIDS by 31 March 2012.

For more information on the Global AIDS Response Progress Reporting please visit www.unaids.org/aidsreporting or contact the team at aidsreporting@unaids.org