30th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), Geneva, Switzerland, June 5-7, 2012
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At each UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting, one full day is set aside for a thematic discussion. Thematic days are meant to offer a forum to discuss salient toipcs related to HIV; in the subsequent PCB meeting after a thematic, recommendations and actions are offered to UNAIDS and its Board from the day’s findings and conclusions.
The 30th meeting’s thematic day focused on combination prevention, an approach to prevention that focuses on the comprehensive and multifaceted nature of programs needed in different epidemiological contexts.
First posted 16 April; Last updated 14 June
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The 30th meeting of the UNAIDS Board has ended. The NGO Delegation would like to thank those civil society observers who joined & supported us. The last day of the PCB ended off with a passionate debate on the action items that would be approved for the board on HIV and Enabling Legal Environments.
On behalf of the NGO Delegation, thank you Madam Chair for the opportunity to speak on the AIDS, Security and Humanitarian response progress report
Thank you, Madame Chair.
The NGO Delegation would like to highlight the relevance of Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) as it was referenced several times during the thematic segment yesterday on Combination Prevention.
The NGO Delegation appreciated his Excellency Ambassador Mboya’s willingness to dialogue on issues concerning civil society’s role in the SIF, capacity needs, alignment of initiatives and approaches to community mobilization and community-led delivery of programs and costs. We would like to highlight that community mobilization is essential in all aspects of HIV response; however, community mobilization will only work if there is sufficient investment in programmes for communities that critically enable them, including those programmes that inform communities of their rights related to HIV (prevention, treatment and non-discrimination) and help them to organize and demand improved HIV services and policy.
The NGO Delegation recognises that technical support is a function designed to allow countries, including government and civil society, to maximise their investment and engage with best practice and global guidelines in strategically responding to the specific nature of each countries’ HIV epidemic.
We recognize that technical support needs at country level are assessed, funded and delivered by a growing range of providers from UNAIDS, the co-sponsors, donor countries and civil society and that UNAIDS’ key contribution in its convening function to the development of technical support is as a convenor of the different stakeholders at country, regional and global levels.
The NGO Delegation welcomes the core indicator on gender-based violence and looks forward to seeing increased progress in eliminating gender inequalities and gender based abuse.
We would like UNAIDS to ensure that baselines are available for every target in order to measure impact and for us to track our own progress.
We note under the target of closing the resource gap: intensify mobilization of resources for the AIDS response (p. 24) that we have no figures indicating that the gap is closing. We recognize in our own report the dependence on multilateral institutions and international funding, and the tools being made available in order to more efficiently response to HIV. However, we hope that the next reporting cycle will show in numbers how UNAIDS has helped to close the funding gap as acknowledged in the 2011 Political Declaration.
The NGO Delegation would like to thank the Secretariat for the financial report and the performance monitoring report. We realize that much work goes into preparing this information. It is encouraging to get an overview of the achievements of UNAIDS and co-sponsors and good to see us moving toward our results matrix and getting closer to reporting on impact, rather than just activities.
As Executive Director of INPUD, the key international NGO for one of the key affected populations, namely people who inject drugs, I welcome references in the report of the co-sponsoring organisations to
However, stigma and discrimination do not exist in a vacuum and nowhere is the link made between, stigma and discrimination against injecting drug users, drug control regimes and repressive legal environments and the ways in which these three are currently stoking the epidemic such that a third of new infections outside of Sub-Saharan Africa are due to the use of non-sterile or shared syringes; indeed in some populations of injecting drug users, notably in the EECA region prevalence rates are as high as 85%.
This statement is made by COC Netherlands, The Global Forum on MSM and HIV (MSMGF), and the International Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans and Intersex Association ILGA-Europe – also on behalf of their partners in the “Bridging the Gap” Programme: AidsFonds, The Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+), The Global Network of Sex Work Projects (NSWP), The International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD), The International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), Aids Foundation East-West (AFEW), Mainline; as well as International Civil Society Support (ICSS) – and in-country partners in the Eastern Europe Central Asia region.
It’s the final day of the 30th board meeting! Debate on some items from day 1 kept several Delegates, along with Member States, in a drafting room until late last night. Today we speak on finances, strategic investment, technical support, humanitarian response & finalizing the action items.
Today is the thematic oncombination prevention at the PCB. Thematic days are meant to offer a forum to discuss salient toipcs related to HIV; in the subsequent PCB meeting after a thematic, recommendations and actions are offered to UNAIDS and its Board from the day’s findings and conclusions.
As a Delegation, our decision not to bring forward the full scope of our recommendations in our NGO Report at the 29th PCB in December was in part due to the development of the report by the Commission on HIV and the Law. We saw this report as a key document to reinforce the correlation between the legal environment and access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.