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NATIONAL AIDS RESPONSE NATIONAL COMMITMENT AND ACTION The “National development comprehensive policy” based on Millennium development targets and reflecting the Mongolian context was approved by the Mongolian Parliament and implemented. This policy supports the Millennium declaration of the United Nations. This was the most significant step taken by the Mongolian Government to ensure the implementation of commitments taken in the United Nations General Assembly. As reflected in the “National development comprehensive policy” the Mongolian Government has been committed to strengthening the national response by applying the “Three Ones” principles. These principles have been reflected in the implementation of laws and policies on HIV/AIDS, united governance, management of HIV/AIDS prevention measures, and increased multi-sectoral involvement. One National AIDS Coordinating Authority (the first “One”) The Government Resolution No. 240 reestablished the National Committee for coordinating HIV and AIDS prevention activities (NCA) chaired by the Deputy Prime Minister in 2006. Since 2008, the Government Resolution No. 289 upgraded the status of NCA with additional membership. In 2011, Government Resolution No.7, transferred management of NCA to Ministry of Health, with the Health Minister chairing the NCA. This was the biggest change that occurred in the management and coordination of the national AIDS response during the reporting period. The NCA has 27 members representing government (includes deputy ministers of other ministers and state secretaries) and civil society organizations, and is headed by a Chair and deputy chair. The high-level membership points to the change in political commitment towards the national HIV/AIDS response. The NCA has responsibility to provide guidance, planning, coordination, monitoring and evaluation, and developing the capacity building strategy for the multi-sector response. In addition, the NCA provides support and supervision to local committees, as well as sub committees at the ministerial level, to ensure sector-wide political commitment to the national response. The NCA plays important role in harmonizing nationwide HIV/AIDS intervention efforts and promoting multi-sectoral collaboration among ministries and relevant organizations. During the extended meeting of the NCA held in November 2011, changes were made in the management of local committees. It was decided that local governors should chair the local committees. New committees have been established, have developed local response plans, and operate under a model template. The NCA conducted the fifth national consultation meeting on HIV and AIDS in 2011 to strengthen the implementation of national strategy on HIV and AIDS. Other meetings, such as the National Theme Group on HIV meeting have acted as a platform to share information and facilitate decision making. This has contributed toward the improvement of participation and initiative of government, civil society organizations and private sector. 14

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