Our Vision, Mission, Principles, and Code of Conduct

Introduction and purposes of this document:

This document is intended both to inform NGOs and their representatives considering applying for a seat on the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board and as a tool to guide the current PCB NGO Delegation in achieving its Mission.

This document was produced as a result of decision 9.1 taken at the 20th Meeting (June 2007) of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board arising from the 2006 Review of NGO and Civil Society participation in the Programme Coordinating Board.[1] This document was updated in October 2012.[2]

This document is intended to be used in tandem with the UNAIDS PCB NGO Terms of Reference and the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegates’ Manual.


A.Our vision guiding the PCB NGO Delegation:

We envision a world where all stakeholders—people living with HIV and other key populations[3], 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.


B.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.

We accomplish our Mission by actively:

We seek input from the broader active HIV and AIDS civil society community and, in particular, the regional constituencies we represent.

We advocate for the greater participation and meaningful involvement of PLHIV and other key populations in every phase of the development, implementation and evaluation of HIV and AIDS policies and programmes.

We bring forward and advocate for the inclusion of the issues, problems, perspectives and needs of people living with HIV and those most at risk of and vulnerable to HIV in the agendas of PCB meetings and we table solutions.

We read, analyse, seek broad civil society input on, and strategize about the documents related to and in preparation for PCB meetings and working groups meetings.

We strategically meet with, influence, negotiate and confer with Member States, Cosponsors to advance our agenda.

We recruit the best, most representative candidate NGO Delegates to serve on the PCB and once appointed we share our experiences on the PCB so that they may quickly learn to participate most effectively.

We invite observer NGOs attending PCB meetings to join us in order to give input, collaborate and strategize with us.

We participate actively in working groups, steering committees and other ad hoc groups on key issues and policies relevant to the Delegation’s mission and work.

We attend and actively participate in PCB meetings, pre-planning meetings and orientation meetings.

We report the outcomes of our work on the PCB to the broader civil society after PCB meetings in a timely manner.


C.We agree that, regardless of our particular backgrounds and fields of expertise, we support the following principles in all our work to achieve our Mission:

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).

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 do not discriminate against anyone regardless of their ethnicity, socio economic status, age, occupation, religion, sexual orientation, sexual behaviour, gender identity, gender expression and sex characteristics (GIESC), education, culture or country of origin.

We encourage the active participation of, inclusion of the perspectives of and candid discussions about:

  • People living with HIV;
  • Gay men 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
    • Gender equity;
    • Evidence informed;
    • Rights-based approach to public health.
    • UNAIDS Strategy (2016-2021), UNAIDS Targets, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
    • respect diversity and are culturally sensitive;
    • foster a culture of inclusion;
    • co-lead and work together as a team;
    • value each other’s knowledge and skills;
    • maintain integrity, professionalism and a high standard of ethics;
    • create a safe space for open dialogue;
    • communicate clearly and considerately;
    • respect confidentiality;
    • actively participate and contribute to the best of our abilities;
    • engage passionately;
    • and are accountable to ourselves, each other, the PCB and broader civil society.

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.

We support an HIV response informed by scientific and practice based evidence not ideology.

We support rights based approach to public health policies and well-being of individuals and communities above commercial, financial and political considerations.

We recognize the policy frameworks UNAIDS, the PCB and in a global sense the UN institutions operate in. As stated in our mission, we bring forward the perspectives and expertise of the constituencies we represent on the PCB and advocate with other PCB members that the global policy frameworks are inclusive and representative and serve the well-being of our communities.


D.We agree that, while working together as a Delegation to achieve our Mission, we:

We welcome and honour our diversity —gender, racial, sexual, life-style and personal history—and endeavour to continually deepen our understanding of each other’s cultures.

We encourage each other to be fully and naturally ourselves and we treat each other as equal partners.

We, variously, take the lead and encourage each other to lead and co-lead, making all crucial decisions by a consensus process. We strive to have a balanced workload.

We seek each other’s specific area(s) of expertise in the pandemic and we encourage each other to employ and share our skills.

We are honest, friendly, respectful and collegial with each other.

Because we believe that every voice matters, we encourage each other’s candour, invite constructive and respectful disagreement and do not attack those who disagree.

We speak clearly, slowly and concisely, and we are considerate of those for whom English is a second language.

We will not share information that is shared either as personal information or marked as confidential.

We will strive to balance workloads and encourage delegates to grow in their capacities.

We welcome each other’s perspectives and passion.

We hold each other and ourselves accountable and take ownership of our failures and celebrate our successes.

[2] This document was contracted and funded by the UNAIDS Secretariat. It was written, based in part upon an existing Terms of Reference, in 2007/2008 by T. Richard Corcoran, consultant and former PCB NGO Delegate (2004-06), with input and support from a steering committee (consisting of PCB NGO Delegates and a representative of the UNAIDS Secretariat) and reviewed by advisors outside the NGO Delegation who were selected by the steering committee. Additions and changes to UNAIDS and Delegation processes and policies were revised in this document in October 2012 by the NGO Delegation and CF.

[3] UNAIDS considers gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, people who inject drugs and prisoners and other incarcerated people as the five main key population groups that are particularly vulnerable to HIV and frequently lack adequate access to services.

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