The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS (UNAIDS) was the first United Nations program to have formal civil society representation on its governing body. It is guided by the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) with rotating representation from 22 Member States, the 11 cosponsoring UN agencies of UNAIDS, and an NGO Delegation with five seats (one per UN region). These seats are occupied by five main delegates and five alternate delegates. The PCB holds the Joint Programme accountable and ensures that the needs of communities affected by the HIV response are addressed in strategy and programming.
The UNAIDS PCB is the key global forum for HIV and AIDS policy, and the NGO Delegation is integral to the active inclusion of community voices and representation of communities and civil society, including people living with HIV. Being a member of the PCB presents a unique opportunity for committed activists and advocates to make a difference in HIV and AIDS policy implementation in their respective regions.
The NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB has vacancies for a full two-year term (2021 - 2022) and is now recruiting for:
The NGO Delegation upholds the principle of greater involvement of people living with HIV and key populations. Applications from young people, women living with/affected by HIV, trans persons, and other key populations are strongly encouraged.
The NGO Delegation is keenly aware of the importance of having balanced representation from each region. Therefore, geographic region and representation from various key populations or constituencies will factor in the decision-making processes. In addition, previous NGO Delegates and their organizations may not serve more than one term consecutively, and a maximum of two terms total.
IMPORTANT: Please read the NGO Delegation’s terms of reference, mission/vision/principles, as well as the call for applications.
Friday, September 25, 2020, 11:00 GMT
For its 2020 annual report to the PCB, the NGO Delegation will take stock of its 25 years of engagement, its achievements and contributions, the persistent and emerging challenges it is facing, and its vision and strategy in moving forward in the next coming years. We warmly welcome your input into this report, through responding to this e-survey. The survey has 10 questions and takes under 10 minutes. The survey is open until August 28, 2020
Click on the language below to access the survey:
Thank you very much!
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UNAIDS is now in the process of developing its next Strategy for 2021 and beyond. The timeline for developing the Strategy was supposed to have started early this year, but it was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic. It has now been extended to accommodate a longer consultation period to ensure a full and more meaningful engagement of all stakeholders in the process. These details are reflected in the PCB Paper “UNAIDS Strategy Beyond 2021” which is posted to the UNAIDS website.
In order to determine the new goalposts and targets, it is important to take stock and review the existing strategy, UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy. This consultation process will involve interviews, focus group discussions and an online survey that will culminate in a multi-stakeholder consultation no later than September 2020.
As a first step in engaging communities and civil society more widely, we invite you to respond to the Online Survey (click here to access the survey).
This 15-20 minute survey is an opportunity to obtain perspectives on how UNAIDS is reaching its goal to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Is the current strategy successful or not? Did it effect change? What should have been done better? Where should the next Strategy be headed? Your perspectives on these themes will help inform and shape the content of the next Strategy, so that it is more responsive, inclusive, progressive and bold in the goals and targets it will set for the global HIV response beyond 2021.
Survey links in other languages:
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Addressing gender-based violence is an area that communities of women and girls living with and most affected by the HIV epidemic, in all their diversity, report as an all-too common violation of their rights—and thus a major priority and demand for ensuring effective HIV responses.
The purpose of this Request for Proposal (RFP) is to enter into a contractual agreement with a successful bidder to carry out an Independent Evaluation of the Joint Programme’s work on preventing and responding to violence against women and girls.
The evaluation will provide an assessment of the Joint Programme’s support to the prevention of/ and response to violence against women and girls, across regions and countries. The evaluation is a major opportunity to learn, improve implementation, and strengthen the accountability of the UNAIDS Joint Programme - in the context of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Learning will extend beyond the Joint Programme since ending gender-based violence is a UN system-wide mandated area of work for all entities.
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Dear colleagues and friends,
As you may have heard, the 46th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) will be held on the virtual Interprefy platform through video conferencing from Tuesday, 23 June to Thursday, 25 June 2020.
The meeting will be run from the WHO Executive Board room with representatives of the PCB Chair, UNAIDS Executive Director, Deputy Executive Directors, and Secretariat support staff present in the room. The virtual sessions will be held on all three days from 13:00 to 16:00 (Geneva time) to accommodate participants from different time zones(PCB annotated agenda and PCB timewise agenda). The thematic segment, originally planned for the third PCB day, has been rescheduled to December 2020.
As has been the practice, the June PCB meetings are allotted for UNAIDS governance and management agenda items (or internal housekeeping), while programmatic or thematic items are taken up in during the December PCB meetings. If you are interested to attend the June PCB meeting, please find important information from UNAIDS Secretariat on registration for CS/NGO Observers, including important deadlines for registration and submission of statements, as well as the timeline for the pre-meetings.
- Online registration is required for the PCB meetings through the registration link on the UNAIDS website by the deadline of Friday, 5 June 2020: http://pcbregistration.unaids.org/
- For those who would like to participate in the PCB related pre-meetings, which will start on Wednesday, 3 June 2020, the registration should be completed the latest by Wednesday, 27 May 2020. Registered participants will receive a link for testing their connectivity with Interprefy. A week is necessary for Interprefy to complete an IT and security check with each individual meeting participant.
The dates of the pre-meetings are as follows (actual time to be announced later):
a.Wednesday, 3 June 2020: Discussion on UNAIDS Strategy beyond 2021
b.Tuesday, 9 June 2020: Discussion on oversight items: Update on Human Resources Management Issues, Update on the Implementation of the Management Action Plan, Statement by the Chair of the UNAIDS Staff Association, and Organizational Oversight reports
c.Thursday, 11 June 2020: Discussion on Task team on community-led responses and PCB Working Group on follow-up to the JIU Review
d.Tuesday, 16 June 2020: Discussion on UBRAF (middle of the day);
Meeting documents will be regularly posted on the PCB website in English and French: http://www.unaids.org/en/whoweare/pcb/46
REGISTRATION FOR OBSERVERS:
UNAIDS wishes to draw the attention of the Missions and Organizations to the Modus Operandi of the UNAIDS PCB, which includes a provision that observer status may be granted by the Executive Director of UNAIDS, in consultation with the PCB Chairperson and upon receipt of a written application expressing a manifest interest, to any Member State of any of the UNAIDS Cosponsoring Organizations, and any intergovernmental or nongovernmental organization. Applications for observer status should be sent to [email protected], in parallel with the official registration on the UNAIDS website: http://pcbregistration.unaids.org before the deadline of Friday, 5 June 2020. Again, if you would like to participate in the scheduled pre-meeting sessions, starting on Wednesday, 3 June 2020, please submit your request and registration the latest by Wednesday, 27 May 2020.
Due to the technological limitations and security considerations that accompany a virtual meeting, registration to the meetings will be limited to two (2) speakers and two (2) listeners for Member State Observers, NGO Observers, and Intergovernmental Organizations. Exceptions will be granted on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the PCB Chair and the UNAIDS Executive Director. For PCB Member and Observer delegations with fewer than three members participating, all members of the delegation will be granted speaker status.
Please note that there is a limit of 300 speakers (for both PCB and non-PCB members), so approval will be on a first come-first served basis. Meanwhile, there are 1,000 slots for listeners.
WRITTEN OR VIDEO STATEMENTS:
Following the intersessional approval of the “Modalities and Procedures for the 46th UNAIDS virtual PCB meeting” (UNAIDS/PCB (46)/20.3), registered participants are requested to send their pre-recorded presentations, statements and comments in any of the six official languages of the UN to: [email protected] no later than Friday, 19 June 2020. Due to time constraints, they would appreciate submissions in English or French, and as early as possible to inform the pre-meetings starting on Wednesday, 3 June 2020.
Please note that due to the short time allotted for the actual meeting days, there will be very limited opportunities to make statements or interventions. UNAIDS Secretariat is still discussing ways to manage the submission and posting of statements.
If you have questions for clarification, please email the NGO Delegation’s Communication and Consultation Facility (CCF) directly: [email protected] and [email protected].
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