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Our Vision, Mission and Guiding Principles

The NGO Delegation is guided by a set of principles that help the delegates in their work achieving the NGO Delegation’s vision and mission.


We envision a world where all stakeholders—people living with HIV and other key populations, civil society, governments and international bodies—meet the challenges of the global AIDS pandemic together by combining their collective competencies to generate creative, equitable, holistic, sustainable and effective policies and outcomes that lead to a world free of HIV.


The Mission of the PCB NGO Delegation is to bring forward the perspectives and expertise of people living with, affected by, most at risk of and vulnerable to HIV and AIDS, as well as civil society, to ensure that UNAIDS is guided by rights-based, equitable and gender-based approach to guarantee access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care and support for all.

Guiding Principles

Regardless of the delegates’ particular backgrounds and fields of expertise, the NGO Delegation supports the following principles in all its work to achieve its Mission:

  1. Involvement of people living with HIV: We support the dignity of and involvement of people living with HIV including the principles stated in the Denver Principles and the Paris Declaration’s statement on the greater involvement of people living with HIV and AIDS (GIPA principle).
  2. Human rights: We support the provision of and protection of the human rights of all people. Rights-based approaches create an enabling environment for successful HIV responses and affirm the human rights and dignity of people living with HIV and other key populations. We support rights based approach to public health policies and well-being of individuals and communities above commercial, financial and political considerations. Treatment alone does not end the HIV epidemic. Rather, we need to examine, understand and intervene in the larger social contexts that drive HIV vulnerability including criminalization, poverty, lack of educational opportunities, inadequate medical care, and social marginalization and discrimination.
  3. Non-discrimination: We do not discriminate against anyone regardless of ethnicity, socio-economic status, age, occupation, religion, sexual orientation, sexual behavior, gender identity, gender expression, sex characteristics (GIESC), education, culture, or country of origin.
  4. Inclusion of those living with and most-at-risk of HIV infection, and especially, marginalized populations affected by HIV: We encourage the active participation of, inclusion of the perspectives of and candid discussions about:
    • People living with HIV;
    • Gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men;
    • People who use drugs;
    • Sex workers;
    • Girls and women;
    • Transgender and non-binary people;
    • Prisoners and former prisoners;
    • Orphans and vulnerable children;
    • Migrant workers (and immigrants);
    • Indigenous persons;
    • Displaced populations and refugees;
    • Aging populations;
    • Adolescents and young people; and
    • People with disabilities
  5. Gender equity: We defend / affirm the right of people to express their gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (GIESC) and we support equal rights of boys and girls, men and women, intersex, transgender, and non-binary people.
  6. Evidence informed: We support an HIV response informed by scientific and practice-based evidence not ideology.

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