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Call to immediately release the Independent Expert Panel’s (IEP) Report

Statement of the NGO Delegation

At the 42nd UNAIDS Program Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting in June 2018, the PCB agreed to establish an Independent Expert Panel (IEP) to coordinate and complete a comprehensive review/audit on the prevention of and response to harassment, including sexual harassment, bullying, and abuse of power at UNAIDS in the past seven years. With utmost care and effort, the IEP was set up independently and was fully resourced to ensure complete transparency and autonomy to conduct their work, overseen by the PCB Bureau.

The IEP was to be given 100% access to people, processes, and policies inside UNAIDS to do its work, and it was requested to complete its work before the 43rd PCB meeting
in December 2018. It was further agreed that the Report, its findings, and recommendations would be presented to the PCB and released publicly before the December meeting, as other PCB documents are. The establishment of the panel, the timeline, the schedule of actions, and the planned release of its findings were welcomed by the PCB NGO Delegation as important action steps to address the general distrust and malaise at UNAIDS and among civil society. It was very much in the spirit of cooperation and collaboration, with everyone working together with the leadership to do the right thing.

All the steps and timelines related to this process were widely shared. The Bureau informed all PCB members that the Report, along with the management response from UNAIDS,
would be released publicly on 3 December and posted on the UNAIDS PCB website. However, after the IEP completed its task, the PCB Bureau could not reach consensus on
whether to proceed with this previously agreed approach. The PCB NGO Delegation is answerable to its constituencies, who demand nothing less than transparency and accountability. We welcome the public statements and press releases calling for the immediate release of the IEP report, including that of the Executive Director of UNAIDS, as well as the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights.

The agreement was to release the IEP report, as well as the Management Response. Anything short of that is unacceptable. It is for the greater good of the HIV response that the UNAIDS PCB demonstrates the highest standards of transparency, accountability, and ethical leadership. We strongly call on the PCB for the public release of the IEP Report before the 43rd PCB meeting.

News | 8 December 2018

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