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Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

1. How has the COVID-19 pandemic changed the priorities of your organization?

COVID-19 disrupted economic and social development, stretched national health and social protection capacities, exacerbated pre-existing vulnerabilities, and inflicted a setback to the global HIV response. It has deepened inequalities between and within countries. Women have been hardest hit, and key and vulnerable populations, people living in informal settlements, migrants, and prisoners – continue to be more exposed, more discriminated against, and likely not to access health and social protection services. Data shows that people living with HIV experience more severe COVID-19 illness outcomes compared to people not living with HIV. Data also shows that people living with HIV (PLHIV) have higher chances of having comorbidities resulting in more serious COVID-19 illness outcomes than those without HIV.  

PLHIV faces the double jeopardy of HIV and COVID-19, as widening inequalities prevent them from accessing services. Modeling work estimated that a six-month disruption of ART during COVID-19 could lead to more than 500 000 extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020–2021. The Global Fund reported HIV services disruptions as far as 41% in HIV testing and declines by 37% of referrals for diagnosis and treatment during the first COVID-19 lockdowns in 2020. However, another modeling work showed that the benefits of continuing HIV services outweigh by far (100:1) the risk of COVID-19 infection; therefore, HIV services should continue. 

Entrenched inequalities stand in the way of further progress against AIDS and leave the world vulnerable to COVID-19 and future pandemics. Unless the pace of HIV interventions is quickened and COVID-19 Vaccine inequality is tackled, it will be too late for many, including PLHIV and those at risk of HIV and those with no access to COVID-19 vaccines therapeutics and other countermeasures. 

UNAIDS is now focusing on shortening the journey to end inequalities and considering how the HIV response could provide lessons ineffective health service provision and how countries could harness its infrastructure and core principles for pandemic preparedness and response. Amidst the COVID-19 crisis, the Joint Programme has remained a catalytic force within the HIV response and a robust competent partner promoting an inclusive, people-centered, and multisectoral response to the new COVID-19 pandemic. 

Under the stewardship of RCs and UN Country Teams, UNAIDS leadership at the country level also dedicated time to provide HIV response lessons learned for the COVID-19 response, especially in the HIV and COVID-19 specific thematic groups. The organization also identified staff at HQ, regional, and country levels to dedicate a part of their time towards duty of care for staff under the COVID-19 pandemic. Also the UNAIDS identified programmatic focal points at these three levels to provide insights and leadership to ensure HIV service continuation. At the same time, countries respond to COVID-19, paying attention to the lessons from the HIV response applicable to the COVID-19 response and mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on HIV programs. Funds were reprogrammed and repurposed at the part of the UN wide support to countries under the leadership of RCs to provide immediate assistance to mitigate the impact of COVID and the most vulnerable populations. 

2. In 2020/2021, how has your organization endeavored to support Member States to build back better from COVID-19 while advancing the full implementation of the 2030 Agenda? Please select up to three high-impact initiatives to highlight, especially those that address interlinkages among the SDGs. How has your organization cooperated with other UN system organizations in those efforts to achieve coherence and synergies?  

Name Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026
Partners Member states, civil society, communities, UN and other international organizations, private foundations 
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17
Member States benefiting from the initiative Global
Description

In 2021, UNAIDS completed the development of highly consultative and inclusive  Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026. The strategy is a bold new approach to use an inequalities lens to close the gaps that are preventing progress towards ending AIDS. The Global AIDS Strategy aims to reduce these inequalities that drive the AIDS epidemic and prioritize people not yet accessing life-saving HIV services. The Strategy sets out evidence-based priority actions and bold targets to get every country and community on track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030. 

The Strategy also calls for a thoroughly prepared and resilient HIV response that protects people living with, at risk of and affected by HIV in humanitarian settings and from the adverse impacts of current and future pandemics and other shocks (Result Area 10).  

Website https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2021/2021-2026-global-AIDS-strategy 

 

Name Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track To End Aids By 2030
Partners Member states, civil society, communities, UN and other international organizations, private foundations 
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17
Member States benefiting from the initiative Global
Description

The seventy-fifth session, of the UN General Assembly has an agenda item 10 -- Implementation of the Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS and the political declarations on HIV/AIDS, to get the world on track to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 and accelerate progress towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, in particular, Goal 3 on good health and well-being. The UN High Level Meeting of Heads of State and Government, and representatives of States and Governments assembled at the United Nations in June 2021, adopted The Political Declaration entitled “Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030”. 

Website Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS: Ending Inequalities and Getting on Track to End AIDS by 2030 (unaids.org) 

 

Name 48th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Thematic Segment “COVID-19 and HIV: Sustaining HIV gains and building back better and fairer HIV responses”
Partners Member states, civil society, communities, UN and other international organizations, private foundations 
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 3, 5, 10, 11, 16, 17
Member States benefiting from the initiative Global
Description

The 48th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) included in this agenda a thematic segment on COVID-19 and HIV. This was at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was pushing HIV responses off-track, but innovations and creative responses were also emerging and helping communities and countries recover momentum. The objective was to provide an overview of the progress in responding to the colliding pandemics of COVID-19 and HIV since December 2020, analyze lessons learned and based on those, and reflect on how to build better and fairer HIV responses. The session brought together political and global health leaders, community experts, program leaders, and implementing partners from around the globe to share and discuss how countries and communities were utilizing lessons learned from the HIV response and, in many cases, the HIV infrastructure itself, to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as how the COVID-19 pandemic could support building back better and fairer HIV responses. The thematic segment background note included recommendations that informed the PCB’s decisions. 

Website

https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2021/PCB49_Follow-up_Thematic_Segment  

https://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/PCB48_Thematic_Segment_Background_Note_EN.rev2_.pdf 

https://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/PCB49_Decisions_EN_.pdf (item 6)  

 

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World AIDS Day Report: Unequal, unprepared, under threat: why bold action against inequalities is needed to end AIDS, stop COVID-19, and prepare for future pandemics

World AIDS Day commemoration 2021: END INEQUALITIES. END AIDS. END PANDEMICS. 

Partners Member states, civil society, communities, UN and other international organizations, private foundations 
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17
Member States benefiting from the initiative Global
Description

On 29 November 2021, UNAIDS released the annual World AIDS Day report. The report issued a stark warning that if leaders fail to tackle inequalities, the world could face 7.7 million AIDS-related deaths over the next ten years. Tackling inequalities is a long-standing global promise, the urgency of which has only increased. In 2015, all countries pledged to reduce inequalities within and between countries as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. The Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026: End Inequalities, End AIDS and the Political Declaration on AIDS adopted at the 2021 United Nations High-Level Meeting on AIDS have ending  inequalities at their core. UNAIDS further warned that if the transformative measures needed to end AIDS were not taken, the world also remain trapped in the COVID-19 crisis and remain dangerously unprepared for the pandemics to come. 

The World AIDS Day key messages highlighted the urgent need to end the inequalities that drive AIDS and other pandemics worldwide. Tackling inequalities will advance the human rights of key populations and people living with HIV, make societies better prepared to beat COVID-19 and other pandemics, and support economic recovery and stability. Fulfilling the promise to tackle inequalities will save millions of lives and will benefit society as a whole.

Website

https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2021/2021-World-AIDS-Day-report  

3. Has your organization published or is it planning to publish any analytical work or guidance note or toolkits to guide and support recovery efforts from COVID-19 while advancing SDG implementation at national, regional and global levels? Please select up to three high-impact resources to highlight, especially those that address interlinkages among the SDGs. 

 

Name Rights in times of COVID-19 – Lessons from HIV for an effective Community-led response. 
Publishing entity UNAIDS
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 10, 16, 17
Target audience  
Description

in 2020, UNAIDS released a report calling for a human rights approach to COVID-19 that puts communities at the center. The report based on an assessment of 16 countries early responses to the COVID pandemic warns against blanket compulsory travel restrictions and criminal sanctions against people affected by pandemics such as COVID-19. The report points out that such measures tend to have a disproportionate effect on the most vulnerable and create barriers to health. It notes that restrictions that are imposed, must respect human rights and be necessary, appropriate, evidence-informed and limited in duration. Empowering people to protect themselves and others through voluntary measure can have greater effect. The report put out Seven key lessons from HIV for an effective community-led responses to current and future pandemics. 

Link to access

https://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/human-rights-and-covid-19_en.pdf

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The cost of inaction: COVID-19-related service disruptions could cause hundreds of thousands of extra deaths from HIV 

Publishing entity UNAIDS
Relevant SDGs SDGs 3
Target audience Country stakeholders, UN agencies including UNCTs and donor agencies, research institutions
Description

A modeling group convened by the World Health Organization and UNAIDS released a report called The cost of inaction: COVID-19-related service disruptions could cause hundreds of thousands of extra deaths from HI. The report estimated that if efforts are not made to mitigate and overcome interruptions in health services and supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic, a six-month disruption of antiretroviral therapy could lead to more than 500 000 extra deaths from AIDS-related illnesses, including from tuberculosis, in sub-Saharan Africa in 2020–2021. The report highlights the need for urgent efforts to ensure the continuity of HIV prevention and treatment services to avert excess HIV-related deaths and prevent increases in HIV incidence during the COVID-19 pandemic. It will be necessary for countries to prioritize shoring up supply chains and ensuring that people already on treatment can stay on treatment, including by adopting or reinforcing policies such as multi-month dispensing of antiretroviral therapy to reduce requirements to access health-care facilities for routine maintenance, reducing the burden on overwhelmed health-care systems. 

Link to access

https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2020/may/20200511_PR_HIV_modelling  

Language English

 

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Preventing HIV infections at the time of a new pandemic: A synthesis report on program disruptions and adaptations during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 

Publishing entity UNAIDS
Relevant SDGs SDGs 3, 5, 10, 17
Target audience Country stakeholders, UN agencies including UNCTs and donor agencies, research institutions
Description

The COVID-19 pandemic is threatening decades of hard-won development and public health gains. UNAIDS is committed to playing a pivotal role in ensuring that people living with and affected by HIV have the information and support they need during the COVID-19 pandemic and is promoting the development and support measures required to ensure access to HIV prevention and treatment services continues uninterrupted. The report provides a synthesis of the status of HIV prevention programming during the COVID-19 pandemic, identifies critical vulnerabilities, risks, and significant service disruptions, and documents responses in a range of settings. The report places a substantial focus on gathering information on program innovations at the community level. 

Link to access

https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/featurestories/2021/july/20210107_HIV_prevention_new_pandemic  

Language

English, French, Spanish

 

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Six Concrete Measures to Support Women and Girls In All Their Diversity In The Context Of The Covid-19 Pandemic 

Publishing entity UNAIDS
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 3, 4, 5, 10, 17
Target audience Country stakeholders, UN agencies including UNCTs and donor agencies, research institutions
Description

In 2020, UNAIDS released a guide highlighting six critical actions to put gender equality at the center of the Covid responses COVID-19 is not only a health issue, just as HIV never was. It impacts a wide range of human rights, and although it affects all people, it does so unequally. COVID-19 has highlighted the stark inequalities across societies, with a lack of pandemic preparedness and fragile or non-functioning institutions posing graver impacts. Women and girls in all their diversity are experiencing the most significant impact of the crisis. This guide is designed to provide recommendations to governments to confront the gendered and discriminatory effects of COVID-19. It highlights good practices; shares lessons learned from HIV and other past public health crises; provides strategic information; calls for engagement with communities most impacted by COVID-19; and sets forth concrete immediate and forward-looking recommendations for crisis responses, policy development, and investment strategies. The guide presents six key areas of concern regarding the human rights of women and girls in all their diversity during the COVID-19 pandemic—differing needs of women and girls, particularly those most marginalized; access to essential health services; the neglected epidemic of gender-based violence against women and girls; misuse of criminal and punitive laws; adolescent girls and young women’s education, health and well-being; and valuing women’s work and making unpaid care work everybody’s work. 

Link to access

https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/documents/2020/women-girls-covid19  

Language

English, Arabic, Spanish

 

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UNODC, WHO, UNAIDS, and OHCHR joint statement on COVID-19 in prisons and other closed settings0 

Publishing entity UNAIDS, UNODC, WHO, OHCHR
Relevant SDGs SDGs 3, 10, 16, 17
Target audience Country stakeholders, UN agencies including UNCTs and donor agencies, research institutions
Description

Signed by Ghada Fathi Waly, Executive Director, UNODC; Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, WHO; Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director, UNAIDS; Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, the joint statement urgently draw the attention of political leaders to the heightened vulnerability of prisoners and other people deprived of liberty to the COVID-19 pandemic, and urge them to take all appropriate public health measures in respect of this vulnerable population that is part of our communities. 

Link to access

https://www.unaids.org/en/resources/presscentre/pressreleaseandstatementarchive/2020/may/20200513_joint-statement-covid19-prisons  

Language

Arabic, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish

4. How has your organization engaged with stakeholder groups to support SDG implementation and COVID-19 recovery at national, regional and global levels? Please provide main highlights, including any lessons learned. If your organization has established multi-stakeholder partnerships in this regard, please describe them (objectives, partners involved, relevant SDGs, Member States benefiting from the partnership) and provide links to relevant websites, if applicable.

Name UNAIDS COVID-19 Response Mechanism Applications Virtual Support 
Partners AFCFTA Secretariat, UNECA, UNDP, African Union Commission, Afreximbank
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 17
Member States benefiting from the initiative Global Fund Supported Countries, other countries globally
Description

UNAIDS HIV support to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (GF) COVID-19 Response Mechanism Funding Application Requests 

The Global Fund’s response to COVID-19 

Since early 2020, many HIV, TB and malaria programs have faced significant disruption due to COVID-19 related public health measures, supply chain challenges, impediments to health service attendance, and impact on health care systems. In many countries, national COVID-19 responses have negatively impacted HIV prevention programs HIV prevention programs, especially for key and vulnerable populations (KVPs), and adolescent girls and young women and their partners. Services such as antenatal care, HIV testing and early infant diagnosis, and treatment initiation/adherence, have all been affected. The pandemic has also highlighted the central role of communities, community-led organizations, and community health workers in the response. Another key impact, which became apparent even in the very early stages of the pandemic in 2020, has been the significant rise in gender-based violence (GBV) and human rights abuses, including increased stigma and discrimination.  

In 2020, in response to the pandemic, the Global Fund introduced grant flexibilities and the C19RM to help countries fight COVID-19, mitigate its impacts on life-saving HIV, TB and malaria programs, ensuring the availability of critical health commodities to deal with priority diseases, and prevent fragile health systems from being overwhelmed. To date, the Global Fund disbursed more than $759 million. 

In 2021, the Global Fund raised an additional amount of almost $3.7 billion to fight COVID-19, thanks to an emergency fund of $3.5 billion provided by the United States Government and a contribution of €140 million from the German Government. As a result, the Global Fund was able to accelerate its response to the pandemic and continue its support through C19RM in 2021.  

Innovative technical support to GF C19RM Funding Requests 

In 2021, the Joint United Nations Programme for HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) set up an innovative technical assistance (TA) model to support countries to prepare applications for the second phase of the COVID-19 Response Mechanism (C19RM). This model comprised in-country support to proposal development, an online Virtual Support Desk Mechanism and virtual peer reviews of draft applications, as well as a helpdesk to provide countries with tailored technical support on request. UNAIDS considered the experiences learnt in assisting countries to prepare their 2020-2022 Global Fund Funding Requests and first applications to C19RM in the previous year, 2020, when designing this technical assistance model. 

Launched in May 2021, the main purpose of the virtual technical support was: (i) to ensure better attention to communities, human rights, and gender (CRG) considerations; as well as (ii) mitigating the impact of COVID-19 on HIV programs and developing interventions to bring HIV programs back on track and even expand their reach, tailored to the pandemic context in each country. However, support was also available for other aspects of proposal development, including tuberculosis (TB) and malaria program mitigation as well as areas related to strengthening health systems. 

UNAIDS and its technical support partners (Oxford Policy Management and Genesis Analytics) established an online support mechanism for countries preparing their C19RM 2021 Full Funding Requests to the Global Fund. The support is virtual, not only given COVID-19 travel restrictions but also because these have led to new ways of working through online mechanisms, which also result in savings and increased efficiency. 

Through this virtual platform, countries could receive virtual support from specialists on HIV, COVID-19, CRG and community health systems. Specialists could conduct virtual desk reviews of draft C19 applications or clarify technical questions. Consultants and those drafting proposals could access and share the latest guidelines and examples of COVID-19 adaptations and cross-cutting considerations for human rights and gender equality. Those interested could also participate in the regular Virtual Clinics (webinars) on specific topics such as CRG, GBV, HIV mitigation, prevention, and service delivery through virtual innovations. UNAIDS through its technical leads provided the technical content to be used by the selected consultants and applications reviewers during the review and feedback process. 

Summary of C19RM Virtual technical support provided to date 

Remote desk peer reviews of draft C19RM applications in English or French were conducted by experts from the UNAIDS and a team of consultants. In total, 18 draft applications were submitted for peer review and several of them resubmitted for additional reviews before submission to the Global Fund. Applications came from Botswana, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Gambia, Kenya, Liberia, Madagascar, Namibia, Nigeria, Pakistan, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia, Zanzibar, and Zimbabwe. The corresponding Base Allocation amounts to over $624 million. 

The virtual helpdesk has been used on multiple occasions by CCMs, writing teams, consultants, communities and UNAIDS Country Offices to answer technical questions or provide advice on all aspects of the narrative application form, detailed budget, quantification of health products and other key annexes.  

The Virtual Community of Practice Resource Hub/Website has been established and enriched with a repository of background information where any interested party can access and/or share the latest guidelines, technical notes, examples of COVID-19 adaptations for HIV services, country experiences, cross-cutting tools and thematic reports on human rights and gender, among other issues. These contents were pulled together by UNAIDS working closely with key immediate partners and experts on the topic as well as country teams for good country examples. 

Virtual clinics/webinars (Table 1) have been coordinated by UNAIDS and conducted regularly since May 2021, covering key HIV and COVID-19 topics of interest to countries, technical assistance providers, the Global Fund colleagues and partners working on C19RM applications, which are also available as recordings on the virtual community of practice resource hub. A total of five webinars covering key technical areas on COVID-19 impact mitigation approaches and country examples, spanning the various C19RM funding windows have been conducted to date. 

Table 1. Virtual Clinic Topics 

Clinic 1 

Overview of the C19RM application and support available 

Virtual platforms for Key and Vulnerable Population programs (and their costing) 

Country experiences: Uganda 

Clinic 2 

Community-led responses 

Community-led interventions: Eligible interventions 

Community and civil society (CS) contributions to C19RM applications 

CLR checklist 

Country experiences: Kenya 

Clinic 3 

Continuation of HIV services and innovations and adaptations 

HIV testing and treatment services under C19, including innovations and adaptations 

Clinic 4 

Gender-Based Violence (GBV) 

How to prioritize GBV interventions for C19 times 

Responding to GBV through C19RM applications 

Country experience: Dominican Republic 

Peer Reviews: Lessons learned from first round of peer reviews 

Social protection services for C19RM applications 

Country experiences (Bangladesh, eSwatini) and examples from East and Southern Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and West and Central Africa 

Clinic 5 

Update on C19RM status 

Humanitarian emergencies checklist for C19RM applications 

Challenging Operating Environments: Emerging themes from rapid assessments of CS and communities in the context of C19 – Central African Republic 

Experiences and themes from a social dialogue with Civil Society and communities – Somalia 

The huge interest in and growing audiences for the C19RM Applications virtual clinics, and the improved C19RM applications because of peer review and online/virtual technical support, indicate that the UNAIDS Virtual Support Mechanism has had promising results. The support to countries with their C19RM applications has resulted in several key experiences and lessons learnt to inform future applications The virtual support mechanism may even go beyond 2021 if the Global Fund access additional funding and opens new C19RM application windows.   

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Name UNAIDS Africa CDC Partnership
Partners UNAIDS, Africa CDC, AU
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 17
Member States benefiting from the initiative AU and Africa CDC member states
Description

With support from the German grant, UNAIDS has been extending support to fight COVID-19 and HIV on a project on risks communication and community engagement on COVID-19 and HIV. As part of this project to fight misinformation and build vaccine acceptance, a rumor tracking software is being used to collect and monitor data on COVID-19 (mainly perceptions and sentiments) and is being expanded to HIV.  

The project aims at understanding the public perceptions/sentiments on COVID-19. Ultimately contribute to raise awareness and build acceptance for the COVID-19 vaccines including for people most at risks, PLHIV, KPs and reduce associated stigma and discrimination through impactful and informed outreach campaigns.  

The AU and Africa CDC have been partnering with Novetta, an advanced analytics company with technology that relies on open-source analytics. Building on their experience with the Ebola crisis, they have developed a rumor tracking software to help address COVID-19 misinformation and support decision-making in Africa through the collection, use and monitoring of relevant data (incl. public narratives, sentiments, media) and identification of knowledge gaps (public health campaigns etc.). The data is shared through weekly reports with the African Taskforce on COVID-19, AU Member States, development partners, WHO and other UN agencies to inform the response and help strategize on outreach and targeted communication campaigns at continental/regional/national levels.  

Drawing from the lessons learnt from HIV, UNAIDS leverages on the HIV response experience to strengthen collaboration with Africa CDC, AU, and partners to ensure PLHIV and KPs are included in the risks communication efforts to fight COVID-19, more specifically targeted and outreach sensitization/communication campaigns, including aspects on stigma and discrimination. 

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Name UNAIDS COVID-19 Portal
Partners UNAIDS, UN Agencies and other UNAIDS immediate partners, including PEPFAR, The Global Fund, etc.
Relevant SDGs SDGs 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 10, 17
Member States benefiting from the initiative Global
Description

The UNAIDS COVID-19 Portal collects quantitative and qualitative data from around the world on the COVID-19 epidemic and response, the impact, and implications of the response for vulnerable populations and HIV-related services, how communities are responding, and the roles of UNAIDS in the response. 

The Portal serves a number of specific functions: (1) allowing all of us to get a better picture of how the COVID-19 response – and the UNAIDS role in it – is progressing, so we can learn from (and copy!) each other and spot opportunities to collaborate; (2) facilitating reporting on COVID-19-related matters to donors, member states, our Board, UN agencies and UNAIDS headquarters, and other key stakeholders; and (3) providing up-to-date material on COVID-19-related activities for internal and external communications. A report with synthesized portal data is issued and shared with UNAIDS immediate partners. Including the Global Fund, PEPFAR, etc. The portal uses an innovative business intelligence software called Sisense. 

The Portal is intended to operate as a platform where users from across the UNAIDS Secretariat can contribute, see, organize, and analyze key current information about their own – and others’ – offices, teams, and departments, including country and issue specific data. Internally, the development of the Portal is viewed as an opportunity to launch a new approach to data and knowledge management among different teams in UNAIDS. 

Website (login credentials required) https://assemblage.sisense.com/app/main#/home/5e997ed4a791ee2be0ee354b 

 

5. In the 2019 SDG Summit declaration (GA Resolution 74/4), Member States outlined ten priority areas for accelerated action in SDG implementation. Please highlight any major integrated and innovative policies or initiatives that your organization may have adopted in these ten priority areas:

5.1 leaving no one behind

5.2 mobilizing adequate and well-directed financing

5.3 enhancing national implementation

5.4 strengthening institutions for more integrated solutions

5.6 reducing disaster risk and building resilience

Through adopting an inequalities lens, UNAIDS advocates for a concerted approach to tackling the root causes of humanitarian emergency and as a means to reduce disaster risk and build resilience. The ASAL regions of Kenya provides a good example. It is the most vulnerable communities at the forefront of disaster which often lack resources to effect meaningful change and oftentimes carry the highest burden of HIV. Accordingly, taking AIDS out of isolation, UNAIDS facilitates sustainable wealth creation schemes in rural and urban environments, such as in Venezuela and Haiti, waving of user fees wherever appropriate and promoting  quality assured decentralized health facilities offering comprehensive HIV services suited to the local context. HIV is a reliable marker of risk, vulnerability as well resilience. Working with national counterparts, UNAIDS leads in inclusive and engendered Community-led Monitoring centred on building capacities and strengthening resilience of disaster impacted populations, in all operational contexts. Zimbabwe and Myanmar provide a good illustration.

UNAIDS works with international protocols and implementational frameworks and ensures their relevance for most at risk people, many of whom are often mobile, displaced and face challenges of legal status. The holistic nature of the Humanitarian-Development-Peace Nexus is of particular interest to UNAIDS in addressing areas of intersecting vulnerabilities, most notable at national border crossings. In countries in middle east and north Africa, such as Iraq and Sudan, as well as in southern and west Africa, UNAIDS has addressed the holistic nature drawing on the HDPN to reduce vulnerabilities and ensure no one is left behind.

UNAIDS aims to accelerate meeting the objectives of Reducing Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience by working with and through Joint Teams to end AIDS as a public health emergency, creating knowledge products relating to assessment, implementation and evaluation aligned to humanitarian action as well as national strategic plans for HIV. In ending AIDS, across the board, vulnerabilities of affected communities will reduce significantly and resiliency based on participation enhanced through adhering to local priorities and needs.            

5.7 solving challenges through international cooperation and enhancing the global partnership

5.8 harnessing science, technology and innovation with a greater focus on digital transformation for sustainable development

5.9 investing in data and statistics for the SDGs

6. In the lead up to the 2023 HLPF to be held under the auspices of the General Assembly (or 2023 SDG Summit), please provide your organization’s recommendations on how to overcome challenges to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and the achievement of the SDGs, taking into account the thematic reviews and voluntary national reviews conducted to date.

 

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Year of submission: 2021