March 31st was the deadline, both to governments and Civil Society, for submitting the 2010 UNGASS-AIDS reports to UNAIDS. The bi-annual reports are required from governments by UNAIDS to monitor the achievements and challenges in the national AIDS responses. Our project Monitoring UNGASS- AIDS Goals on Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health resulted in the crafting of 12 Civil Society reports on the theme.
All reports have been analyzed and summarized in a consolidated report by Gestos and sent to UNAIDS. Besides that, all country coordinators found the best suiting way to send their findings – some decided to send it straight to Joint Program, as a Shadow Report, others attached it, in part or fully, into the National Report, while others managed to get the key findings incorporated into the National Report. In most cases more than one strategy was utilized.
Most countries decided not to send the report independently to UNAIDS, which is a positive indicator, since the reason to do so is that they have been satisfied with the attachment and/or incorporation of the key findings into the National report produced by government. So, one first affirmation that can be drawn from this process is that in comparison to 2008, the relationship and negotiations with governments have in general improved.
Another important indicator is that all countries held talks about its contents with governmental authorities in charge of the National Report. This happened in many levels: through the participation in the UNGASS-AIDS SRH Forums and/or the invitation to CS to have a series of official meetings to address the National Report.
Situation of the countries:
|Country||Attached fully or summarized to National Report||Findings into the Natl. Report text||Sent to UNAIDS independently||Group took part in negotiations with govt. about Natl. Report text|
*The former government AIDS authorities compromised in incorporating the CS UNGASS report into the National Report, nevertheless, due to the recent change of president and cabinet, it hasn’t been confirmed yet.