The NGO Report with decision points approved at the 45th PCB Meeting

The NGO Report with decision points approved at the 45th PCB Meeting is now available here.




Invitation to pre-UNAIDS PCB Global Civil Society Call by the NGO Delegation, Dec 4, 2019

Dear colleagues and friends,

Greetings from the PCB NGO Delegation!

The 45th PCB meeting is taking place on December 10-12, 2019 in Geneva, Switzerland. As our partner engaged in the oversight of UNAIDS, as well as in advocacy for critical policy and programmatic issues at the PCB, we would like to invite you to a pre-PCB consultation call.

This will be held on December 4, 2019 on two time schedules:

Call 1: 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM CET (Geneva); 17:00-18:30 Bangkok; 5:00 – 6:30 New York (Add to calendar)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
United States: +1 (646) 749-3129

Access Code: 590-480-541

Call 2: 16:00 - 17:30 CET (Geneva); 22:00 – 23:30 Bangkok; 10:00 – 11:30 New York (Add to calendar)
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States (Toll Free): 1 877 309 2073
United States: +1 (571) 317-3129

Access Code: 123-419-245

The calls will take about 1 ½ hours, with the following proposed agenda items:

1. The NGO Report 2019 and follow-up on the 44th Thematic on UHC
2. Progress Updates on Prevention; Funding for Communities; Stigma and Discrimination
3. Update on governance matters (selection of new ED, Evaluation report)
4. Thematic Segment
5. AOB

If you are able to join, please send your confirmation to me ([email protected]) and Bj ([email protected]) and indicate which call you are attending, so that we can track the confirmations.

Thank you and looking forward to a fruitful exchange with you.

Call for Case Studies for the 45th PCB Thematic Segment on “Reducing the impact of AIDS on children and youth”

Deadline: October 21, 2019 COB, Geneva

The thematic segment provides an opportunity to:

  • Analyse the impact of AIDS on children, adolescents and youth through the life course from childhood to adulthood by age range [0-4] [5-9] [10-14] [15-24].
  • Identify countries and specific thematic areas where notable successes/progress in HIV-related outcomes for children, adolescents, and youth have been achieved and discuss the key factors that led to those successes.
  • Identify the key priority actions that will allow countries, with different epidemiological contexts, to scale-up of rights-based HIV prevention, treatment and care and programmes and to protect HIV-related human rights by age group, location and population specificities.

UNAIDS is seeking examples of good practices of reducing the impact of AIDS on children and youth to inform the thematic segment background note and the discussions during the segment. Some submissions may also be selected to be presented during the Thematic Day on 12 December 2019.

Specifically, UNAIDS is seeking examples of policies, programmes and other actions in the following areas:

  1. Data driven programmes and initiatives to identify where new HIV infections are occurring and to optimize PMTCT delivery and maternal and infant services to address gaps.
  2. Examples of scaling up and expanding access to timely diagnosis and treatment for children living with HIV.
  3. Examples of developing, introducing and actively scaling up better treatment options for HIV and HIV-associated infections across the lifecycle.
  4. Successful programmes to retain children, adolescents and youth, including adolescents and youth in key populations and adolescent girls and young women in care and to achieve viral suppression.
  5. Successful HIV prevention programmes for adolescents and youth, including for adolescents and youth in key populations and for adolescent girls and young women.
  6. Examples of programmes to empower and engage adolescents and youth in the HIV response as beneficiaries, partners and leaders.
  7. Programmes that address the root factors driving the vulnerability of young key populations as well as adolescent girls and young women to HIV (gender inequality, early marriage, gender-based violence, age of consent laws, criminalization of key populations, legal impediments to access to harm reduction, etc.).

Submissions are accepted in English and French. All the submissions received before the deadline of Monday, 21 October 2019 will be compiled in a document on good practices which will be posted on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board website.

The submissions must be made through the electronic submission form here.

45th PCB Meeting Documents

Here are the links to documents related to the upcoming 45th PCB Meeting (10-12 December 2019):


Documents of the meeting:

Conference Room Papers:

​44th PCB - Intervention by Wangari Tharao - Agenda Item 9 Thematic Segment

Delivered by Wangari Tharao, North America NGO Delegate

There are both challenges and opportunities to integrate the HIV response into UHC. We have fought to ground the HIV response on rights-based approaches, equity, determinants of health, and sexual rights and reproductive health rights and justice. We will not compromise on any of these hard-won gains in the move to UHC.

Yet the systems we are being asked to trust and into which we are being asked to integrate are the very systems that, rather than being accessible to all, do not engage migrants, people who use drugs, sex workers, gay and bisexual men, people of trans experience, people in prison and other closed settings, and young girls. Can we really trust these systems to serve us in UHC?

As a migrant woman living in Canada, I am not a stranger to Universal Health Coverage. It is the system that serves me and other Canadians. But I was not always a Canadian citizen. I was once a woman without status and was not covered. More than 45% of women who access primary healthcare services at my organization in Toronto have no health coverage, yet they are living in the global North, in a country with one of the most comprehensive UHC plans. Having no health coverage and no income to pay for healthcare services is tantamount to a death sentence for a person living with HIV.

There are so many questions for the HIV response. I will mention only a few:
• Does the universality of UHC cover undocumented migrants and in what ways will it do that?
• How will UHC be universal in countries where both people and their health needs are criminalized?
• How will UHC be universal in places where stigma, discriminaition, and even persecution of key populations is the norm?
• What role will key populations play in planning, delivering, and monitoring of UHC?

Putting the last mile first includes answering these questions. As members of the NGO Delegation, we call on member states, Co-Sponsors and UNAIDS to ensure that the progress we have made in the HIV epidemic is not lost in the rush to UHC. UHC must be comprehensive, people-centred, and community-led. If it is not, it will never be universal.

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