Protect and Accelerate Progress Towards the End of AIDS: Ready, Set, Go!

With less than 10 years to go to reach our common goal of ending AIDS by 2030, UNAIDS has been tasked by the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) to develop the next global AIDS strategy. The strategy will build on the significant gains already made and will accelerate the pace of action—it will be ambitious, visionary and evidence-informed.

The new global AIDS strategy will serve as a road map for the world to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030, guiding key stakeholders to overcome the challenges and to ensure effective country-led AIDS responses. The new strategy, with new global targets for 2025 and resource needs estimates, will shape the next United Nations General Assembly High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS and its political declaration.

The development of the next strategy will be data-driven and consultative, involving UNAIDS’ staff, the Cosponsors, civil society, people living with and affected by HIV, young people, faith institutions, ministers of health, finance and gender and parliamentarians, scientists, donors and the private sector.

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Phase 1, May–August 2020. Review the current strategy, its implementation and the results obtained and present update of progress to the PCB at its 46th meeting, scheduled for June 2020, options, processes and timelines for decision-making.

Virtual consultations, May-August 2020:

  • Quantitative surveys reaching stakeholders and participants.
  • Targeted qualitative interviews.
  • Focus group discussions (topics to be determined).

The virtual multistakeholder consultation for PCB members is now scheduled to take place at the latest in September 2020.

Phase 2, July 2020 to March 2021. Continue to consult, analyse and synthesize all inputs and produce the next strategy presentation of progress to the 47th PCB and a possible PCB special session in March 2021 for strategy adoption.

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Strategy process

The below maps the process between the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors, the UNAIDS Advisory Group and its working groups and the PCB. It is important to note that the strategy review and development will also be informed by other efforts, such as the 2025 target-setting and resource needs estimates, the evaluation of the United Nations system response, the Global Prevention Coalition, the Global AIDS Monitoring process and the Human Rights Reference Group. Other internal Secretariat work around the Management Action Plan and the response to the Joint Inspection Unit report will also be referenced.

We are committed to ensuring that the next strategy produces programmes and responses that work for the people who are currently unreached and left behind. As such, the global strategy review and development process must:

  • Be inclusive, participatory, interactive, multisectoral and multilevel in order to fully inspire inputs from everyone, particularly those whose voices are not often heard owing to stigma, marginalization and exclusion.
  • Be self-reflective and explore the successes, challenges and failures in the AIDS response and be reflective of the global health, human rights and development context beyond HIV.
  • Be innovative in how to explore partnerships and synergies with other health and development responses, while remaining focused on reaching the goal of ending AIDS by 2030 despite a challenging context.

As such, the stakeholder engagement process needs to ensure that:

  • We engage all communities meaningfully throughout the process. As much as we can, we commit to engage community members who are part of networks or organizations that represent their constituency, to ensure that we learn from the collective experience of those communities, but, moreover, to ensure the discussions in the strategy development consultations can be transmitted and shared with their peers and can affect action.
  • We hear from voices across all levels of the AIDS response, from the global level to the regional, national and local levels, where the communities we aim to reach access services, capturing the depth and breadth of positions and perspectives.
  • We recognize the barriers for the populations left behind to engage in political processes, and that their participation is necessary in order to develop an effective global AIDS strategy that upholds and protects human rights.
  • We commit to hear from communities that are marginalized and excluded, for example sex workers, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people, people who use drugs, people on the move, people with disabilities and other fragile communities.

There will be dialogue among diverse stakeholders to review:

  • The path from the beginning of the epidemic, celebrating and learning from successes but also recognizing and learning from challenges and failures.
  • The current global health, societal and development context, including the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact.
  • The strategic directions that the AIDS response can take to reach its goals and be situated in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
  • The principles, results and areas of action needed to deliver on the strategy’s strategic directions.

In selecting stakeholders for participation in all strategy consultation processes, the following criteria will be used:

  • Ensuring geographic balance.
  • Reach (global, regional, national and local).
  • Diversity of communities, with an effort to reach the communities left behind (e.g. people living with HIV, key populations, women, young people).
  • Gender equality.
  • Areas of expertise (e.g. health, human rights, development, economics).
  • Key partners in the AIDS response and key stakeholders in health and development.



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V2 - C - Reports_strategy2020_documents

2 March 2021
Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026 — to be adopted by PCB on 24-25 March 2021
25 November 2020
Annotated outline of the Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026
9 October 2020
Report of the UNAIDS Multistakeholder Consultation on next Global AIDS Strategy (Virtual meeting held on 16 September 2020)
16 September 2020
UNAIDS Strategy Development Electronic Survey Report
8 September 2020
Global AIDS Strategy Development Process: Synthesis of perspectives from a range of stakeholder interviews
31 July 2020
Evidence review - Implementation of the 2016–2021 UNAIDS Strategy: on the Fast-Track to end AIDS
30 April 2020
Concept Note: New Global AIDS Strategy Development
30 April 2020
Strategy team: New Global AIDS Strategy Development
30 April 2020
Illustrative list of indicators for measuring progress of the UNAIDS 2016–2021 Strategy
Focus groups reports

V2 - C - Reports_strategy2020_focus_groups_reports

16 October 2020
Youth Lead Y-Peer Youth Voices Count - Young Key Pops - UNAIDS and UNICEF
12 October 2020
UNAIDS Advisory Breakout Group on AIDS Response Financing
12 October 2020
UNAIDS Regional Support Team for Eastern and Southern Africa (RST ESA) and Africa Sex Workers Alliance (ASWA) - Sex workers, a community left behind in the HIV response, left behind in humanitarian crises responses. Can we break the cycle?
8 October 2020
Spotlight on Data: sub-group of the UNAIDS Advisory Group on Science
8 October 2020
UNAIDS RST Asia Pacific - CSOs - Strategic Direction for AP
7 October 2020
UCO Cambodia and partners - Prevention and SRH services for Young Key Populations
6 October 2020
UNAIDS RST Asia Pacific - Strategic Directions for AP
6 October 2020
HIV Outcomes Europe - the 4th 90 quality of life
1 October 2020
Report of the UNAIDS Advisory Group on key populations
29 September 2020
UCO Armenia - Prioritization of strategic areas and innovative approaches to reach 2030 targets in Armenia
29 September 2020
UNICEF WHO UNAIDS - HSS FGD Recommendations and considerations
26 September 2020
Eurasian Union of Adolescents and Youth Organizations Teenegizer_Adolescent - Young People and HIV in EECA
23 September 2020
Young UN - Youth Engagement
17 September 2020
RST MENA and partners - Community mobilization, gender and human rights
17 September 2020
UNAIDS RST MENA - Community mobilization, gender and human rights
14 September 2020
UCO Djibouti - Improving access to services
14 September 2020
Malawi CSO Advocacy Forum - HIV in Humanitarian Settings
11 September 2020
WFP ILO UNAIDS Secretariat - HIV-sensitive social protection
9 September 2020
RST MENA - HIV services in humanitarian settings that leaver no one behind
8 September 2020
IATT on HIV and Humanitarian Emergencies - WFP, UNAIDS, UNHCR - HIV Response in Humanitarian Settings
4 September 2020
UNAIDS Philippines - Community engagement in the country response to HIV (Key populations)
1 September 2020
UCO Sudan and partners - Access to treatment-leaving no one behind
1 September 2020
MPact and partners - Gay and Bisexual Men in the Global HIV Response
31 August 2020
UCO Kenya and NACC - Adolescent and Young People
29 August 2020
28 August 2020
Robert Carr Fund - Investing in Civil Society Networks as key to addressing gaps in HIV response among inadequately served populations
27 August 2020
RST LAC and RENPO - Indigenous Populations
27 August 2020
UCO Kenya and KHF - Private Sector
27 August 2020
The PACT and UNAIDS Secretariat - Young People and HIV
27 August 2020
UNAIDS Caribbean - Caribbean lens discussion with stakeholders
27 August 2020
Frontline AIDS - Sustaining community-led responses
26 August 2020
EGPAF PATA Aidsfonds - Towards transformative and disruptive action to accelerate efforts to end HIV in children
26 August 2020
Grupo de Cooperación Técnica Horizontal - Response to HIV in LAC
25 August 2020
Frontline AIDS - Addressing violence and human rights
24 August 2020
UNAIDS Caribbean - Perspectives from young people living with HIV who are involved in peer care and support
23 August 2020
23 August 2020
Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and International Indigenous Working group on HIV - Indigenous Peoples
21 August 2020
GNP+ / ICW / Y+ Global - People Living with HIV and Health Services
21 August 2020
Plataforma LAC - Communities
21 August 2020
Aidsfonds / Frontline AIDS - Decriminalization HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission; Sex work; Same-sex sexual relations; Drug use or possession; Nonconforming gender identities; And lowering the age of consent
20 August 2020
UCO Kenya and FSWG - Faith response
20 August 2020
UCO Kenya and KANCO - heads of NGOs
20 August 2020
HIV Prevention and Control for Adolescents serving as a resource in the continuing of UNAIDS Strategy Development.
20 August 2020
UAG breakout group - Science Strategic Information and Innovation
19 August 2020
INPUD - People who use drugs
19 August 2020
UCO Kenya and KP Consortium - Key populations
19 August 2020
Frontline AIDS - HIV Prevention
18 August 2020
18 August 2020
UNAIDS Phillippines - Country-level implementation to achieve Fast Track Targets
18 August 2020
Frontline AIDS - HIV Innovation
17 August 2020
International Community of Women Living with HIV - Gender Equality/Priorities for the HIV Response
14 August 2020
ATHENA - HIV prevention for AGYW who are most left behind , most criminalized and most discriminated
12 August 2020
UCO India - Recommendations for next Global AIDS Strategy
12 August 2020
UCO Benin - Health and community system strengthening and legal environment improvement
11 August 2020
UCO Kenya and DPHK - Progress in Fast Track
11 August 2020
UCO Jamaica - Recommendations on next Global AIDS Strategy
11 August 2020
UCO Kenya and UN Joint Team Kenya
11 August 2020
Academic Consortium of the UNAIDS/PEPFAR Faith Initiative - Maximizing the Contributions of Faith Partners: Where We’ve Been and Where We Can Do Better
10 August 2020
APN+ and RST Bangkok - overall recommendations for AIDS response
9 August 2020
Red Somos, Dialogo Diverso, Aid for AIDS (LAC) - HIV in humanitarian settings (Spanish)
9 August 2020
Red Somos, Dialogo Diverso, Aid for AIDS (LAC) - HIV in humanitarian settings (English)
8 August 2020
Disability and HIV
7 August 2020
UNAIDS Human Rights Reference Group - HIV and Human Rights
6 August 2020
RST LAC - Staff discussion (Spanish)
6 August 2020
RST LAC - Staff discussion (English)
6 August 2020
ATHENA - HIV prevention for AGYW who are most left behind, most criminalized and most discriminated
5 August 2020
UCO Benin - Public health sector discussion
31 July 2020
Eastern Europe and central Asia - Meaningful participation of organizations of communities of key populations in the formation and implementation of national and global policies, strategies, and programs of the HIV response
30 July 2020
Harm Reduction International - Achieving sustainable funding for harm reduction
30 July 2020
UNODC - HIV in prisons
28 July 2020
Women4GlobalFund - Defining a Global AIDS Strategy that upholds rights through a women centred approach
27 July 2020
MPact - Gay and Bisexual Men in the Global HIV Response
21 July 2020
UCOs Algeria Morocco Tunisia - Accelerating combination prevention for key and vulnerable populations
20 July 2020
CAPRISA - Progress, Challenges and Opportunities: Adolescent Girls and young women in all their diversity
20 July 2020
UNAIDS Advisory Group - AGYW

For more information please contact:

Krittayawan (Tina) Boonto, Coordinator Strategy Development at boontok[at]

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