5 Key Actions You Can Take Now to ensure meaningful involvement in the 2017 Global AIDS Monitoring process:
1. Mobilize your community sector colleagues and partner organizations to advocate for the meaningful involvement of the community sector in the review and reporting processes. Review ‘More than a seat at the table’ as an aid to planning and supporting meaningful involvement.
2. Ask the UNAIDS Country Director (UCD) or Strategic Information Adviser in your country what they are doing to facilitate input from the community sector throughout the review process. Request that UNAIDS facilitate an inclusive and participatory process among all stakeholders. A list of the UCDs is available by emailing email@example.com. Review Annex 1 for important information, including key dates, roles and responsibilities of UNAIDS and cosponsors at country level and contact information.
It is important to mention that UNAIDS is encouraging countries to submit a narrative
report as well which consist of brief narrative summaries for each Fast-Track commitment. Alternatively, countries may also choose to submit a recent national report if available.
Countries should consider how each indicator applies to their local epidemic [for the matrix of indicators, click here]. Countries are asked to indicate whether an indicator is considered relevant or not, and if it is relevant, whether new data is available for this indicator. When countries choose not to report on a specific indicator, they should provide their reasons, since this enables an absence of data to be differentiated from the inapplicability of specific indicators to specific country epidemics.
Most of the national indicators apply to all countries. The behavior indicators for key
populations at higher risk are relevant in all countries regardless of the national HIV
The 2016 Political Declaration contains the commitments and promises countries have made.
The 2017 review and report will be based on this document
The country progress reports1 that your government prepared in the past. Determine if the
process to review and prepare past reports were inclusive and transparent and if the reports
submitted reflect the realities of the epidemic and the response in your country. Ensure that
the current 2017 review and analysis are done with the involvement of community sector
groups, especially with people living with HIV and other key populations. Contact ICASO at firstname.lastname@example.org for tools and referrals to resources to help undertake this community sector
4. Contact the National AIDS Program (or equivalent) in your country and ask how they plan to involve the community sector in the 2017 review and reporting process. Find out who in your country will be leading the preparation of the report and try to arrange a meeting with that person. Provide support to develop and publish a calendar of action and budget, mapping out key milestones for consultation with the community sector. The review process and report preparation should involve meetings with all national stakeholders, including for validating the report. Request that you (or your organization) receive “viewing rights” to the online report.
5. Share all the information you find about these processes and the outcomes with community partners. This will increase accountability and transparency and will provide support for advocacy actions. Contact ICASO if you are interested in receiving more information or if you want to share your experiences with other community advocates.