20 June 2010 by N. Siniora[PDF][print]
UNAIDS PCB and Commission on Narcotic Drugs
Mat Southwell, NGO Delegate for Europe & Project Manager INPUD
The International Network of People who Use Drugs (INPUD) is a global organization defending the rights and promoting the health of people who use drugs on the world stage.
In June 2010 I attended my first Program Coordinating Board (PCB) as an observer as part of INPUD’s engagement with a specific agenda item on HIV and injecting drug use. We were successfully able to work with NGO partners to secure a commitment from PCB to involve people who use drugs and our associations. This was set alongside a number of clear commitments to harm reduction strategies and principles.
On November 29th, the PCB NGO Delegates distributed a sign on letter calling for the attention of the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) of UNAIDS to important points from civil society, in response to the Second Independent Evaluation (SIE). This letter was supported by 151 civil society organizations, even within the short deadline of just under one week.
1 July 2009 by N. Siniora[PDF][print]
Adopts the report of the 23rd meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board
Takes note of the outcomes of the thematic segment on “People on the move –forced displacement and migrant populations” as contained in the rapporteurs’ reports to the Board plenary and requests UNAIDS to include such outcomes in its future work and to report on progress to a future Programme Coordinating Board meeting in line with its general reporting on activities
Requests the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors to ensure that staff at global, regional and national levels facilitate the incorporation of mobile populations, including migrants and forcibly displaced persons, into regional and national AIDS strategies to achieve universal access to prevention, treatment, care and support services, paying particular attention to HIV-specific restrictions on entry, stay and residence to ensure that people living with HIV are not excluded, detained or deported on the basis of HIV status
Requests the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors to support governments in harmonizing all laws and policies on HIV testing to ensure adherence to internationally accepted standards that include: informed consent, confidentiality, pre and post-test counseling, and proper referral to treatment, care and support services
Takes note with appreciation of the report of the NGO Representative which highlights the importance of human rights and tackling barriers to an effective response such as stigma and discrimination and gender inequality and requests that the issue of non-discrimination be discussed at a Programme Coordinating Board meeting in 2010 as a substantive agenda item
Recalling decision 7.1 of the 19th Programme Coordinating Board meeting agrees the addition of a sixth guiding principle as intrinsic in all Programme Coordinating Board recommendations, decisions and conclusions, to read: “Based on the principle of non-discrimination”
Endorses the action agenda and priority areas of the 2010-2011 Unified Budget and Workplan to accelerate progress towards universal access
Approves the 2010-2011 Unified Budget and Workplan and the proposed distribution of those resources as follows: US$ 161.0 million to be shared among 10 Cosponsors; US$ 182.4 million for the UNAIDS Secretariat; US$ 136.4 million for interagency activities and US$ 5.0 million as a contingency fund;
Takes note of the planned Cosponsor supplemental and global/regional resource budgets
Endorses the UNAIDS 2010-2011 Performance Monitoring Framework
Takes note of the UNAIDS Performance Monitoring Report for 2008