Further agrees to request the Programme Coordinating Board Bureau to take appropriate and timely steps to ensure that due process is followed in the call for themes for the 34th and 35th Programme Coordinating Board meetings, as necessary;
Takes note of the HIV prevention goals and targets adopted in the 2011 UN General Assembly Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS which calls on governments, programme managers, donors, civil society and all stakeholders to support and extend the reach of efficient, ethical, and evidence-based epidemiologically appropriate comprehensive prevention efforts;
Notes with concern that a substantial number of People Living with HIV are unable to access or remain in fully effective treatment and care, as shown by analyses of the treatment cascade and calls for urgent steps to keep people alive with the highest attainable standard of health and to stop new infections;
Further calls for all national and international AIDS responses to be guided by the most up to date evidence of impact and effectiveness, including the use in all settings of validated estimates of HIV incidence through the best available methods;
Calls on governments to work with research institutions in public and private sectors, and with civil society, especially people living with and affected by HIV, to identify and address the key barriers – in particular the human resource and systems’ weaknesses– to the implementation of evidence based and country specific existing prevention technologies;
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.
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:
Calls upon States, in implementation of the 2011 Political Declaration and bearing in mind its paragraphs relevant to this decision, with the support of UNAIDS and civil society, to1 :
i. Work towards achieving an enabling legal environment supportive of effective national AIDS response by intensifying national efforts to create enabling legal frameworks through law, law enforcement, and access to justice;