"The global HIV/AIDS epidemic, through
its devastating scale and impact, constitutes a global emergency
and one of the most formidable
challenges to human life and dignity, as well as to the effective enjoyment
of human rights, which undermines social and economic development throughout
the world and affects all levels of society— national, community, family
— Declaration of Commitment
UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS,
In 2002, UNFPA was designated as the "convening agency" on
HIV/AIDS issues related to young people and to condom programming for UNAIDS.
This designation formalizes the Fund’s leadership in HIV/AIDS policy
advice and strategic guidance, and requires the Fund to serve as a system-wide
resource for the United Nations. UNFPA has taken steps to ensure that work
among the UNAIDS co-sponsors in these two areas is coordinated, complementary
and synergistic. Efforts are under way to map out what each agency is doing
at the global and regional levels, and to develop, collect and assess policy,
programming and evaluation tools.
Also in 2002, UNFPA participated in the fiveyear UN evaluation
of UNAIDS, and served as co-chair, with UNIFEM, of the UNAIDS Interagency Task
Team on HIV/AIDS and Gender. The Fund also participated in task teams on the
prevention of HIV transmission to pregnant women, mothers and their children;
monitoring and evaluation; education; and the world of work.
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