This blog is one of the main ways that the NGO Delegates and the CF Team share information about the work of the Delegation and forthcoming PCB meetings. We encourage you to comment and/or ask questions. The posts are listed in order of most recent. Navigate this page by using the search function or the checklist system on the left to narrow down your search by PCB meeting, theme, or any other tag or key word.
28 February 2013 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
UNAIDS launched a two-week online discussion (e-discussion) to engage the public in a conversation about the future of the HIV response in the post-2015 development agenda. This e-discussion generated more than 5,500 page views and 200 comments. The Report is attached for your information and awareness.
1. Protect ambitious, disease-specific targets to sustain progress and ensure accountability in the HIV response, and clarify how a Universal Health Coverage (UHC) goal would fulfill the promises of each health MDG.
7 November 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
UNAIDS is creating a dialogue platform to support effective and meaningful participation of women living with HIV in UNAIDS policy and programmatic dialogues, in particular related to social transformation. In addition, the platform will enable UNAIDS to benefit from the guidance of women living with HIV in regards to key emerging issues faced by women living with HIV. Far from being a public, formally structured initiative, the platform will seek to be a safe space for:
7 November 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
Our European NGO Delegates, Matthew Southwell and Laura Kirkegaard, write about their time in Ukraine.
Europe NGO Delegate, Laura Kirkegaard, visits Convictus, an organization that does great work with few resources in the suburbs of Kiev by offering harm reduction, needle exchange, HIV tests and support groups (Credit: UNAIDS Ukraine)
Representatives from the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) visited Ukraine from 4-5 October 2012 to learn about its national AIDS programme. The two NGO Delegates for Europe joined other members of the UNAIDS governing body in its first trip to the Eastern Europe and Central Asia region. This annual field visit allows Board Members to experience first-hand the progress made and the challenges remaining in a country’s AIDS response.
3 October 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
NGO Delegates at the 29th Board Meeting (Photo: UNAIDS/F.Chironi)
UNAIDS was the first ever United Nations programme to have civil society formally represented on its governing body – the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB). The NGO Delegation has 10 members from five geographic regions.
UNAIDS is supporting a review of the progress of NGO Delegation participation and contribution to the PCB. This will result in recommendations about how to increase the engagement and impact of civil society voices, including those of people living with HIV and key affected communities.
30 July 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
In July, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched “Together We Will End AIDS” this year’s annual report on the state of AIDS worldwide.
Important in its findings are the shifts in sources and stagnation in investment:
- Domestic investments exceed international investments—total reaching US$ 8.6 billion
- 40 countries fund more than 70% of their National AIDS response from domestic sources
17 February 2012 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
Nadia Rafif, NGO Delegate for Africa, and Rathi Ramanathan, NGO Delegation for Asia-Pacific, in Kibera – the largest informal settlement in Eastern Africa – meeting representatives of networks of people living with HIV, children heading households and HIV discordant couples.
In November 2011, UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) members participated in the annual Board field trip – this time to Kenya. These field trips provide an opportunity to meet with government and community representatives and visit local HIV projects. NGO Delegates Nadia Rafif and Rathi Ramanathan attended on behalf of the Delegation.
30 November 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
On 28 November 2011, NGO Delegate for Europe, Mat Southwell, presented an overview of the 2011 NGO Report at a UNAIDS Member States meeting in Geneva ahead of the Programme Coordinating Board gathering from 13-15 December. After the presentation, States had the opportunity to ask questions and discuss its findings.
The NGO Report focuses on the experiences of people in different policy and legal environments and how those affect local HIV responses. You can read the full report in seven languages on our special Report page. It will be officially presented to the Board at the upcoming meeting.
29 November 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) members participated last week in the annual Board field trip – this year to Kenya – that provides an opportunity to meet with government and community representatives and visit local HIV projects. NGO Delegates Nadia Rafif (Africa) and Rathi Ramanathan (Asia-Pacific) attended on behalf of the Delegation.
“With 1.6 million people currently living with HIV out of a population of 40 million, Kenya has the second largest epidemic in East and Southern Africa and the fourth largest globally.
3 November 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
In a previous post, we announced the new youth campaign from UNAIDS, CrowdOutAIDS.org, a crowdsourced project which will run over a period of two months and complete with a published strategy in January 2012.
To have your say in the strategy, you can visit the website or tweet at and contact the following people at UNAIDS and in your region:
Follow @CrowdOutAIDS and use the hashtag #CrowdOutAIDS
25 October 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
See original article on the UNAIDS website
UNAIDS will use crowdsourcing technologies and social media platforms to engage young people in developing AIDS policy
“Can UNAIDS Crowdsource a Strategy to Combat HIV/AIDS?” Check out the discussion over at Mashable
The Joint United Nations Programme onHIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) is launching CrowdOutAIDS.org, an online collaborative project to crowdsource its new strategy on youth and HIV—a first in the UN system.
29 August 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
29 August 2011
“HIV-related stigma is pervasive in the lives of people living with HIV. Stigma marks people as different and as disgraced… Stigma manifests in discriminatory and sometimes violent treatment of people living with HIV, their families and others affected by HIV.”
These are the opening words of the report entitled the People Living with HIV Stigma Index: Asia Pacific Regional Analysis launched on the fourth day of the 10th International Congress on AIDS in Asia and the Pacific (ICAAP), held in Busan, Republic of Korea.
16 March 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
View this is pdf form.
UNAIDS, UNDP and WHO encourage countries to use the flexibilities as set out in the TRIPS agreement to lower costs and improve access to HIV treatment
GENEVA, 15 March 2011—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the World Health Organization (WHO) are deeply concerned about the long-term sustainability of access to affordable HIV treatment.
22 February 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
Michel Sidibé, UNAIDS’ Executive Director, has published his third annual Letter to Partners.
It presents his thoughts on where we are in the AIDS response in terms of the epidemic’s trends and the political and legal environment, and what must happen to reach the vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination, and zero AIDS-related deaths by 2015.
2 February 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
The first meeting of the Unified Budget and Accountability Framework (UBAF) was held on 10 December 2010 in Geneva.
NGO Delegates Rathi Ramanathan (Asia and Pacific) and Rhon Reynolds (Europe) attended the meeting on behalf of the delegation, shadowed by incoming delegate Ebony Johnson (North America). The subcommittee consists of Member States, Cosponsors and NGO Delegates.
The NGO Delegates, as civil society representatives, shared their notes from the meeting back in December. Here you can read the background document and view the list of subcommittee members.
7 January 2011 by Amy Coulterman[PDF][print]
JEDDAH, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, 12 December 2010—The Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for collaboration on a range of AIDS programmes in sub-Saharan Africa, Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa. The MoU was signed between IDB Group President Dr Ahmad Mohamed Ali and UNAIDS Executive Director Mr Michel Sidibé at IDB headquarters in Jeddah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.