The declaration states the commitment of all signatories to act collectively in tackling the HIV/AIDS epidemic and sets out a number of actions to accelerate the achievement of this commitment. The countries also committed to closely monitor and evaluate the implementation of the actions outlined in the Declaration, along with those of the Declaration of Commitment of the United Nations General Assembly Session on HIV/AIDS, and call upon the European Union and other relevant regional institutions and organisations, in partnership with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, to establish adequate forums and mechanisms including the involvement of civil society and people living with HIV/AIDS to assess progress at regional level every second year.
1. Monitoring of progress in implementing this declaration began in 2007 and in 2010 ECDC described the progress in implementing the Dublin Declaration and the extent to which countries had met the commitments made in 2004.
2010 Progress report
2. In 2012, ECDC harmonised data collection with UNAIDS, WHO, UNICEF and EMCDDA in an attempt to to reduce the number of indicators and minimise the reporting burden on countries. The series of reports and evidence briefs present the main findings, discusses key issues, assesses progress since 2010 and provides a summary of issues for future action.
2012 Progress reports
3. The thematic reports and evidence briefs from the 2014 round of reporting present the main findings, identify key issues and provide areas for future action in Europe’s HIV response.
2014 Progress reports
ECDC has used data from the following sources for reporting: country reporting to UNAIDS on core indicators used for Global AIDS Response Progress Reporting (GARPR); country data collected by EMCDDA on HIV and drug use; and a specific Dublin questionnaire developed by ECDC in consultation with country representatives that focuses on regional issues, including key populations most affected by HIV.
Country reporting has been supplemented by data from other sources, including the HIV surveillance data reported annually to the ECDC and European Commission projects such as the European MSM Internet Survey. Other data sources have also been used to inform analysis of specific issues such as HIV financing. The source and accuracy of supplemental data has been confirmed with national governments. The 2010 round of Dublin reporting also drew on data submitted by countries using the UNAIDS’ National Commitments and Policy Instrument (NCPI). In 2014, EU/EEA countries reporting on the Dublin Declaration were only required to answer seven NCPI questions for UNAIDS use.
Data collection and reporting process
For 2014 reporting, countries submitted data for the GARPR indicators through the UNAIDS online reporting tool. EMCDDA data was collected through its network of national focal points and shared with ECDC. The Dublin questionnaire was submitted to ECDC using an interactive form completed by national government and civil society representatives. In 2014, 49 of 55 countries (89%) in the region provided data (in 2012 the response rate was 93% with 51 of 55 countries reporting).
For each round of Dublin reporting, ECDC has convened an advisory group comprised of government and civil society representatives and experts from various interested agencies, including UNAIDS and WHO. This group provides essential inputs on the priorities and the process for HIV monitoring in the region, and reviews the findings and the draft reports. All countries that report data are given the opportunity to review and validate the data presented for their country in the reports.