The adoption of the Global Task Team (GTT) recommendations requires the UNAIDS secretariat to lead a process with the UNAIDS Cosponsors in each country to develop a unified UN country support programme that will support the implementation of the national HIV and AIDS strategy and plans. The joint country support programme is grounded on having a joint UN team on AIDS and a joint programme of action. The joint programme is aimed to maximize the impact of UN’s collective response, harmonize and better coordinate UN Cosponsor programming, financing and reporting by reducing duplication, transaction costs and maximizing synergies. This programme would be within the parameters of the national framework and strategies.
UN Secretary General, Mr. Kofi Annan, in his letter dated December 12th , 2005, to the United Nations Country Team, reaffirms and calls on the country team to intensify the response to HIV and AIDS through the “establish(ment) of a joint United Nations Team on AIDS with one joint programme of support. The joint program should include a defined United Nations technical support plan with a clear set of deliverables and detailed collective and individual accountability of the United Nations Country Team to enhance national response to AIDS. It should also reflect the recent agreements made on the division of labor among United Nations Agencies, Funds and Programs.”
The Joint United Nations programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) in Nepal brings together 10 UN agencies in a common effort to fight the epidemic: the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the World Food Programme (WFP), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the International Labor Organization (ILO), the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the World Bank.
UNAIDS, as a cosponsored programme, unites the responses to the epidemics of its ten cosponsoring organization and supplements these efforts with special initiatives. Its purpose is to lead and assist and expansion of the international response to HIV/AIDS on all fronts. UNAIDS works with a broad range of partners “governmental and non-governmental, business, scientific and lay-to share knowledge, skills and best practices across boundaries.
Since the establishment of JTA in Nepal during the year 2005, it has been engaged in joint programming within UN through regular meetings and consultations with its members and agencies. Sharing of the key functions of the JTA, the responsibilities of its members and the role of the JTA towards the Theme Group is a continuous activity and process as new members are assigned from the agencies.