The full-day thematic on non-discrimination offered examples from governments, institutions and civil society of best practices to counter and decrease HIV discrimination. Below is a list of civil society observer interventions which provided the most powerful examples to the Board.
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The UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation would like your submissions for the upcoming board meeting’s thematic on non-discrimination. At each Programme Coordinating Board meeting there is one day dedicated to reviewing and discussing a thematic issue. In the past few years, thematics have covered combination prevention, HIV and the law, food and nutrition security and sexual and reproductive health.
For the non-discrimination thematic, we’ve been asked to provide country-level inputs. UNAIDS is requesting examples of concrete initiatives and programmes that have actually worked to effectively reduce, provide redress and/or overcome obstacles in regard to discrimination against people living with HIV, women, young people, men who have sex with men, sex workers, people who use drugs, prisoners and other key populations most affected by the HIV epidemic, with a focus on but not limited to the following sectors:
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.
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.
Intervention: NGO Delegate for Latin America & the Caribbean – Follow-up to the thematic segment from the 29th PCB meeting
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.
Thank you to many of you in the Secretariat and the working group for the work and negotiations that went into the production of this document. Without taking away from this work and good intentions, the NGO Delegation must state its frustration with the process and development of these key issues since the last PCB.
We think the current report, while important to have and fully supported by our constituencies, only contributes to maintaining the status quo. Rather than moving forward to reach populations most at risk of transmitted HIV, we are stalled in our discussions. We will not be able to address HIV without addressing key populations, including gay men and other men who have sex with men and transgendered people, people who inject drugs, sex workers, as well as women and girls, youth, and prisoners.
SUMMARY OF THE UNAIDS 29TH UNAIDS PROGRAMME CO-ORDINATING BOARD
THEMATIC SEGMENT: HIV AND ENABLING LEGAL ENVIRONMENTS
15 December 2011
By the Hon. Michael Kirby AC CMG, Australia, Commissioner, UNDP Global Commission on HIV and the Law (2010-12)
LOOKING BACK, AROUND AND FORWARD
We gather in this space to face a continuing global peril and do so in the name of fellow human beings who have no voice. The AIDS epidemic, which first confronted the world 30 years ago, is by no means over. We meet at a time of new crises in sustaining the global mobilisation to overcome the human immuno-deficiency virus (HIV) and to fund the therapies that palliate its cruel impact on our species.
The working group responsible for the preparation of the thematic session “Food and nutrition security and HIV: how to ensure food and nutrition security are integral parts of HIV programming” is currently being formed. The group will include representatives from the UNAIDS Secretariat, NGO Delegates, Member States and Cosponsors. More information regarding the group composition and ways in which you can feed into the development of the session will be posted to the Upcoming PCB Meeting section of the NGO Delegation website as soon as it is made available.
The 26th PCB Meeting thematic session was on “linking Sexual and Reproductive Health Services to HIV Interventions in Practice” and took place for a full day on the 22nd of June, 2010. The day opened with a panel of speakers including Lydia Mungherera, Africa NGO Delegate; Michel Sidibe, UNAIDS Executive Director; Ricky Swuanpyae(Speech)(Presentation) Ambassador Venetia Sebudandi, Permanent Representative of Rwanda to the UN Office and other International Organisations in Geneva (Speech); and Luisa Cabal, Center for Reproductive Rights (Presentation). Shortly after, the board members were invited to participate in two of the four breakout sessions (final rapporteur presentations listed below). The day closed with an interactive discussion facilitated by Kevin Osbourne, IPPF with the four rapporteurs of the breakout sessions as panellists. The presentations of each of the breakout sessions were compiled into one presentation, available here.
The Core Working Group, tasked with preparing the thematic session of the 26th PCB Meeting on “Linking SRH Services to HIV Interventions in Practice” was formed in March and is made up of Member States, Cosponsors, PCB NGOs, representatives from the Global Fund and IPPF and the UNAIDS Secretariat. The Core WG worked on the development of the concept note and gave input into the background document which will be shared with the Board of UNAIDS at its 26th Meeting.