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Since UNAIDS was established in 1996 the face of the pandemic, the scope and nature of the response, and the range of challenges facing the global community have all changed. The departure of the founding UNAIDS executive director is an opportune time to re-consider the role, responsibilities and opportunities for UNAIDS.
At this important juncture, CGD and the Global Economic Governance Programme of Oxford University have convened the UNAIDS Transition Working Group. The Working Group includes individuals with expertise in global health and development policy, HIV/AIDS programs and policies, and other relevant fields. The Working Group is independent of UNAIDS. Consultations with stakeholders will be an important part of the Working Group’s deliberations. A background paper which synthesizes information from official sources, academic literature and interviews with key informants will serve as a point of departure for these discussions. The final report for the Working Group has now been released.