Understanding the UN HLM Declaration: Launch of the key targets and commitments and the country breakdown targets
23 October 2018, The Hague – Today at the 2018 Union Conference, the Stop TB Partnership is issuing several documents to help advocates hold their leaders to account over the next few years for delivery of the targets contained in the Political Declaration from the recent historic UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on TB.
1) Key Targets and Key Commitments from the Political Declaration
The Stop TB Partnership is launching a two-page version of the Key Targets and Key Commitments to emerge from the Political Declaration.
This two-pager is designed to help partners get the attention of their leaders and presents the asks of the Political Declaration in an accessible format. The document will also help familiarize partners themselves with the content of the Declaration in more detail.
The first page, ‘Key Targets’, gives a quick-reference version of the quantifiable targets in the Declaration: these are the milestones against which leaders’ and countries’ progress can be measured between now and 2022. The overarching target is to diagnose and successfully treat 40 million people with TB by 2022 – every other target can be seen as helping to achieve this.
The second page, ‘Key Commitments’, lists the paragraphs of the Declaration that address the TB community’s five pre-HLM Key Asks, and will serve as a baseline on how much we achieved with the Declaration while inspiring us to go further.
Stop TB Partnership’s Executive Director Dr Lucica Ditiu said, ‘This document is not a replacement for the Declaration, but a supplement to it that should be on the desk of every politician and leader. We fought hard for every word in the Declaration, and this document is intended to build commitment to the full Declaration and put us on track to meeting the 2022 target to diagnose and successfully treat 40 million people with TB.’
As soon as possible after official versions of the Declaration are available in all six UN languages, the Key Targets and Key Commitments document will be made available in these languages as well.
2) Country targets from the UNHLM Political Declaration
Released last week, Stop TB Partnership’s country breakdowns cover each of the four major global targets in the HLM Political Declaration: by 2022, to successfully diagnose and treat 40 million people with TB (including 3.5 million children with TB, and 1.5 million people with drug-resistant TB) and to get TB prevention treatments to 30 million people.
The breakdowns will help to harness political commitment, and monitoring and evaluation, at country level. All breakdowns were prepared using the latest WHO data on incidence estimates and notifications, with projections done using the TIME model implemented by Avenir Health. For the top TB-burden countries, wherever possible a check was done using the country's National Strategic Plan and the Global Fund performance framework targets.
The Stop TB Partnership hopes that partners find these tools both helpful in clarifying the asks and targets of the Declaration, and integral in creating lasting and positive change in-country. The commitment shown at the UN HLM was promising. Now is the time to make things happen!
Source: Stop TB Partnership