The PCB also recommends that the Strategic Framework for Global Leadership on HIV/AIDS be used to guide the preparatory processes of the Special Session.
The PCB recommends that governments consider the request of the NGO representative to include representatives of the NGO community and of persons living with HIV/AIDS on their delegations to the Special Session.
The PCB noted that the UN General Assembly Session on HIV/AIDS provides a unique opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen global commitment to intensify action against HIV/AIDS. In order to enrich and guide the discussions and outcomes, it called for the active participation at the highest level, of governments, UN system and other international organizations, NGOs and Foundations in the preparatory processes.
The PCB encouraged Member States to make use of the framework to elaborate common goals and formulate specific commitments at the highest levels, including in their role as Members of the United Nations General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on HIV/AIDS and as representatives on the governing bodies of cosponsoring organizations.
The PCB encouraged member states of the UN to work closely with civil society in their respective countries in their preparations for the UNGASS, and reiterated its recommendation that governments consider the request of the NGO representative to include representatives of the NGO community and of persons living with HIV/AIDS on their delegations to the Special Session and to provide support for this participation.
The PCB recalled its previous recommendation that the Global Strategy Framework on HIV/AIDS be used to guide the preparatory process of the Special Session and calls on PCB members to actively advocate for its principles and leadership commitments. The PCB further called on the Secretariat to distribute widely the decisions and recommendations of the PCB, and encourage participation of non-PCB members as observers in its meetings to ensure better coordination between the PCB and the UNGASS process.
UNAIDS has recently embarked on a process to review the UNGASS indicators, which includes revisions to indicators related to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support and enabling environment.
The overall objective of the UNGASS indicators review is to identify strengths and weakness in the reporting system and indicators themselves, culminating in recommendations to the Indicator Technical Working Group of the MERG for future rounds of reporting
The International Council of AIDS Service Organizations (ICASO) and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) are conducting a broad stakeholder e-consultation on the UNGASS ‘Enabling Environment’ Indicators, with a focus on the National Composite Policy Index.
The e-consultation seeks to document the perspectives of multiple and diverse, country-level stakeholders that utilize, benefit from, and/or are otherwise are impacted by the UNGASS reporting process. Responses will inform the development of a report that recommends changes in the UNGASS indicator set and reporting process to the Indicator Technical Working Group (TWG) of the UNAIDS Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group (MERG).
To participate in the consultation (EN): http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/H55TRPB
UNAIDS is currently undertaking a periodic review of the UNGASS indicators across prevention, treatment, care and support, and enabling environment. Click here for a short PowerPoint outlining the UNGASS review process by UNAIDS. You can also access additional information by viewing the Road map and next steps for 2010 and beyond.
Over the next few months, there is an opportunity to input into the review of the UNGASS indicators. Immediately, your input is needed on UNGASS Prevention Indicators. The message below is from the Alliance and asks for your participation in an online survey and e-forums this month.
Mindful of Commission on Narcotic Drugs resolution 51/14, which calls for collaboration among Member States represented both in the Commission and on the Programme Coordinating Board towards the promotion of better coordination and alignment of the AIDS response in order to scale up towards the goal of universal access to comprehensive prevention, care, treatment and support services for people who use drugs; takes note of the upcoming UNGASS review of the World Drug Problem and requests UNODC, as one of the UNAIDS Cosponsors, to work towards an outcome of the meeting that accurately reflects the importance of decreasing HIV transmission and co-infection in people who use drugs.