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Sustaining efforts to accelerate the achievement of Universal Access Goals

Where is the Money?

The Case for 'Bigger and Smarter' Funding for HIV and AIDS in Africa

A Pivotal Point in the HIV Response
June 2011 - In the aftermath of the Global Economic Crisis, there has been intense competition for limited resources for HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support. The funding terrain has changed immensely with major donors limiting or eliminating funding streams for HIV programmes. This threatens to undermine progress made in response to the epidemic, particularly in the most affected regions of the world such as sub-Saharan Africa. There is still a huge unmet need for HIV prevention and treatment services.


We need to get to ZERO by 2015 (said UNAIDS in 2011) SO Where is the Money to ensure:

  • Sexual transmission of HIV reduced by half, including among young people, men who have sex with men and transmission in the context of sex work
  • Vertical transmission of HIV eliminated, and AIDS-related maternal mortality reduced by half
  • All new HIV infections prevented among people who use drugs
  • Universal access to antiretroviral therapy for people living with HIV who are eligible for treatment
  • TB deaths among people living with HIV reduced by half
  • People living with HIV and households affected by HIV are addressed in all national social protection strategies and have access to essential care and support
  • Countries with punitive laws and practices around HIV transmission, sex work, drug use or homosexuality that block effective responses reduced by half
  • HIV-related restrictions on entry, stay and residence eliminated in half of the countries that have such restrictions
  • HIV-specific needs of women and girls are addressed in at least half of all national HIV responses
  • Zero tolerance for gender-based violence




2011 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS

Reference cards for UNGASS goals

UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation Updates

  • Executive Director Michel Sidibé gave his annual report, entitled "A Game Changing Moment," in which he talked about where we are after the HLM in the AIDS response. Download Report
  • UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation Update: May 2011
    This newsletter is dedicated to two major international HIV/AIDS meetings happening in June 2011. The first is the UN High Level Meeting which will take place from 8-10 June at the UN Headquarters in New York City; the second meeting is the bi-annual UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting which will be held 21-23 June 2011 in Geneva.


What is UNGASS?

UNGASS stands for United Nations General Assembly Special Session.


2001 marked a historic gesture by the United Nations where a dedicated special session on HIV was first held. The meeting was known as United Nations General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS (UNGASS).


Why is UNGASS important?

UNGASS was a unique event that marked the beginning of viewing HIV beyond being a public health issue to a "looming development and security crisis". Member States agreed on benchmarks to measure, monitor and evaluate the global AIDS response. This has formed the basis for civil society organisation (CSO) call for accountability and for leaders to keep the universal access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for all.


UNGASS 2011 is a significant platform for both taking stock of the impact of interventions adopted and implemented to combat HIV in the last decade and for defining a clear roadmap for the next five years as we move closer to the 2015 Millennium Development targets.


Key related documents


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Key UNGASS 2011 Timeline

January 2011
15 - Universal Access country analysis / synthesis
End - Draft outline of the SG’s report (deadline for submission to EOSG)
February 2011
24-25 - HIV & Law Commission 1st Regional Dialogue in Bangkok
March 2011
1 - Draft Stocktaking Report Outreach with Stakeholders
1-2 - Latin America: Mexico City, Mexico (civil society pre- meeting on 28 February)
1-4 - West and Central Africa: Dakar, Senegal (civil society pre-meeting on 28 February)
10-11 - East and Southern Africa: Johannesburg, South Africa
17-18 - Eastern Europe and Central Asia: Kiev, Ukraine (civil society pre-meeting on 16 March)
22-23 - Caribbean: Port-of-Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (civil society pre-meeting on 21 March)
29-31 - Asia and Pacific: Bangkok, Thailand (civil society pre- meeting on 28 March)
End - UA EECA Regional Consultation
April 2011
- - First Civil Society Task Force Meeting, NY
- - Africa Regional Consultation: Windhoek, Namibia
1 - Final SG Report
15 - Final Stocktaking Report on UA
June 2011
- - Second Civil Society Task Force Meeting, NY
8-10 - AIDS +30
UA +5
GA meeting
No More Promises! Universal Access Now! African CSO Position Paper on Universal Access: April 201150.54 KB
The Southern Africa Civil Society Pre-UNGASS Caucus Meeting, March 2010778.7 KB