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The NGO Delegation represents civil society on the PCB, the governing body of UNAIDS

The position of Nongovernmental Organizations (NGOs) on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) is critical for effectively including community voices in the key global policy forum for AIDS. UNAIDS was the first United Nations program to have formal civil society representation on its governing body.

Representatives of ten NGOs form the NGO Delegation, representing five UN regions (Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America). Since its inclusion in the PCB in 1996 until December 2021, the NGO Delegation has had 88 organizations sit on the board, involving 111 representatives. The NGO Delegation has participated in all PCB meetings to date, bringing expertise, lived experience, and collective wisdom generated from its internal discussions and outreach with constituencies. 

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The continuous underfunding of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS has now trickled down to the Joint Programme’s governance. It is threatening the meaningful involvement of civil society in shaping the Joint Programme. The NGO Delegation reveals that multiple unsuccessful attempts have been made to engage UNAIDS and its funding Member States regarding the financial shortages. 

Are you passionate about community leadership, sustainability, human rights, and the HIV response? The NGO Delegation invites you to join us as this year’s NGO Report Consultant for our upcoming report, “Breaking the Chains: Community Leadership, Sustainability, Human Rights, and the HIV Response.” Why You Should Get Involved This is a unique opportunity to makeContinue reading “Become This Year’s NGO Report Consultant”

In 2019, San Patten was presented with an opportunity to co-run an independent external Expert Advisory Committee on Evaluation for UNAIDS. The UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board had approved the establishment of an independent evaluation function reporting directly to the UNAIDS Board. The function would comprise evaluation experts appointed by Member States, civil society, and UNAIDS Sponsors. Patten was nominated by the NGO Delegation to represent civil society in the committee. This seemed like a natural progression of Patten’s career, as she had been working in the field of HIV/AIDS for more than two decades at that point. 

News | 21 May 2024

In Memoriam: John Rock

With deep sorrow, we announce the passing of John Rock, a distinguished member of the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) between 2013 and 2014. John’s dedication and passion for international development, particularly in the field of HIV/AIDS, left an indelible mark on countless lives and communities.

The NGO Delegation is gearing up for its Strategic Planning Meeting, scheduled from 15-17 July 2024, to be held in Munich, Germany. This pivotal gathering aims to chart a course for the delegation’s future endeavors, addressing critical global health challenges and refining strategies for impactful advocacy. To ensure the success of this endeavor, the delegation is extending an invitation for a skilled facilitator, preferably based in Europe (due to budgetary constraints), to lead the discussions and guide the participants towards achieving their objectives.

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Martha Clara Nakato NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Africa | Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) Alliance Uganda

Martha Clara Nakato

Martha Clara Nakato is a Health Rights Advocate who is skilled in program management, Policy Advocacy and youth movement building in the fields of HIV/AIDS, Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Gender programming. She works with the SRHR Alliance Uganda as the Community of Action Facilitator for the WE LEAD program in Uganda.

Myles Mwansa NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Africa | Zambia Network of Young People Living with HIV (ZNYP+)

Myles John Mwansa

Myles John Mwansa is the Executive Director for the Zambian Network of Young People Living with HIV (ZNYP+). He is an expert in SRH/HIV with a background on Development Issues affecting people living with HIV. Experienced in SRHR/HIV prevention, strategies, through community collaboration and best practice approach interventions.

Midnight Poonkasetwattana NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Asia and The Pacific | APCOM Foundation

Midnight Poonkasetwatana

Midnight is the Executive Director of APCOM Foundation, an organization based in Bangkok, Thailand. He is also a member of various advisory committees, including the International Advisory Group of Dignity Network; Global Working Group for IDAHOBIT; World Health Organisation Global PrEP Coalition and Guidelines Development Group for HIV Testing Services; and, ASHM’s Regional Advisory Group leading on Key Populations of the Taskforce on BBVs, Sexual Health and COVID-19. In 2016, Midnight gave the Closing Plenary Statement at the 2016 High-Level Meeting on Ending AIDS at the UN General Assembly.

Sonal Giani NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Asia and The Pacific | International Planned Parenthood Federation

Sonal Giani

Sonal Giani is a dynamic activist with over 15 years of experience advocating for LGBTQIA+ rights in India and South Asia. She is a Senior Technical Advisor – Diversity and Inclusion at the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF), where she provides technical assistance to Member Associations for implementing inclusive strategies and empowerment approaches in the field of SRHR. Sonal has a proven track record of advancing inclusive practices by operationalizing Gender Equality and Diversity and Inclusion policies across the region. Her technical expertise has been instrumental in fostering gender-equitable and LGBTIQ+-friendly SRHR services, information, and education within the broader framework of SRHR.

Aleksey Lakhov NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Europe | Eurasian Harm Reduction Association (EHRA)

Aleksei Lakhov

Aleksei Lakhov has more than 15 years of experience in the area of HIV and AIDS, viral hepatitis, substance use, and harm reduction. His work experiences include being the Development Director of the largest Russian harm reduction organization “Humanitarian Action” (Saint Petersburg); General Manager of the Harm Reduction NGOs Coalition “Outreach” (Tallinn, Estonia); Steering Committee member of the Eurasian Harm Reduction Association; and World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) consultant.

Fionnuala Murphy NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Europe | Frontline AIDS

Fionnuala Murphy

Fionnuala Murphy is Head of Global Advocacy at Frontline AIDS and has been in her current role since 2019.  She has worked in campaigns and advocacy on HIV, human rights, and gender justice for 20 years at organizations including Harm Reduction International, ActionAid, and Youth STOPAIDS, and has collaborated with partners from around the world to support multiple Global Fund replenishments to achieve important wins on equitable access to HIV medicines (and more recently COVID-19 technologies), and to secure landmark commitments on harm reduction from the 2016 UNGASS on Drugs, alongside other outcomes.  Fionnuala grew up in Northern Ireland and draws on her personal experiences of conflict, colonialism, and community leadership in her approaches to advocacy and partnerships today.  She holds degrees in Law and Journalism.

Gaston Devisich NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Latin America and The Caribbean | Fundación Huésped

Gastón Devisich

Gastón Devisich is the Community Engagement Coordinator at Fundación Huésped, an organization member of Coalition Plus, where, he serves as the liaison between gay, bisexual and other men having sex with men and the projects implemented by the organization, especially in regards to scientific research. He is in charge of catalyzing emerging demands from the community that could lead to the design of new interventions, reporting back to the community with scientific updates and promoting meaningful participation of the communities in HIV Research & Development.

Xavier Biggs NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of Latin America and The Caribbean | Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL)

Xavier Biggs

Xavier Biggs is the Monitoring & Evaluation Manager at Jamaica AIDS Support for Life (JASL). He has been working in Civil Society (CSO) for the last 12 years. He is credited for transforming monitoring, evaluation and learning at JASL and the wider HIV CSO response in Jamaica by establishing standardised tools and knowledge products that are hailed as best practices by partners and have been adapted and adopted locally and across the Caribbean. He also provides technical support to the Strategic Information Unit of the Ministry of Health and Wellness through his participation in a series of technical working groups.

Cecilia Chung NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of North America | Transgender Law Center (TLC)

Cecilia Chung

Cecilia Chung is the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives and Evaluation at Transgender Law Center. She is a Health Commissioner of San Francisco and an internationally recognized civil rights leader in the LGBT and HIV community. Cecilia has previously served as the Co-Chair of GNP+ and is currently a member of the WHO Advisory Council of Women Living with HIV. In 2015, Cecilia founded Positively Trans, a network of transgender and nonbinary people living with HIV.

Shamin Mohamed Jr NGO Delegation

NGO Delegate of North America | LetsStopAIDS

Shamin Mohamed Jr.

Shamin Mohamed Jr. (he/him) is an activist widely recognized for his significant contributions to youth involvement in the global HIV response. At 15, Shamin founded LetsStopAIDS, a youth-driven and youth-led Canadian charity. His efforts as a youth leader were awarded when he was named one of Canada’s ‘Top 20 under 20’. Twenty years later, LetsStopAIDS has grown to become Canada’s largest Youth-HIV charity. Under his leadership, LetsStopAIDS has extended its reach to over 72 countries, promoting a sex-positive and comprehensive approach to sexual health.

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NGO Report of the 53rd PCB Meeting | 30 June 2023

People living with HIV during humanitarian emergencies

This year’s report to the PCB will focus on ‘People living with HIV during humanitarian emergencies’. The last couple of years have seen several different humanitarian emergencies arising from various parts of the world. Some of the most notable ones include the Russo-Ukrainian War, the ongoing conflict in Sudan, and the catastrophic hunger crisis in Somalia. These crises create gaps in the global response to HIV/AIDS for people living with HIV. You can now download and read the report.

The 2022 NGO report focuses on the untapped potential of U=U as a community-led, HIV health equity strategy to improve the health and quality of life of people living with HIV and contribute to the global treatment targets by advancing universal access to antiretroviral therapy, diagnostics and sustained care, while reducing HIV transmission.

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The NGO Delegation’s Summary Bulletin for the 53rd UNAIDS PCB Meeting contains the following sections: Report of the Executive Director; Report by the NGO Representative; Leadership in the AIDS Response; Follow-up to the thematic segment from the 52nd PCB meeting; Follow-up actions to the 2024-2025 Budget and Workplan (UBRAF); Evaluation, Annual Report, and UNAIDS Management Response; Consultation on the follow-up to the 2023 ECOSOC Resolution; Next PCB Meetings; Election of Officers, concluding with the Thematic Segment.

The NGO Delegation’s Summary Bulletin for the 52nd UNAIDS PCB Meeting reflects the engagement of the NGO Delegation on all agenda items of that meeting. It’s made available in all 6 official UN languages. Here you can also watch the recordings of the report back to civil society webinars with interpretation in French, Spanish and Russian.

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NGO documents will be added after the meeting has taken place. Please click the read more link for more information about this meeting.

Our NGO Delegation

The Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) was created to serve as the governing body of UNAIDS. The PCB includes a Nongovernmental Organization (NGO) Delegation composed of five members and five alternates that represent five geographic regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America.

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UNAIDS and the UN

UNAIDS was established in 1994 through a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) and made operational in January 1996.

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