Delivered by Jules Kim, Asia-Pacific NGO Delegate
Firstly, I would like to start by thanking the Acting Executive Director Gunilla Carlsson for stepping up during this crucial time of transition for UNAIDS. At this vital juncture, UNAIDS must equally be inward looking and outward facing. It must model itself on the key values that are core to the success of the AIDS response- transparency, accountability, inclusion, equality and respect in all our diversity.
I would like to echo Gunilla’s reminder that this is not a time for complacency but for urgent action and leadership. It is a reminder of what is at stake here at the 44th PCB- not just the future of UNAIDS, but the future of the global HIV and AIDS response. It is a reminder that so much rests on how we move forward at this meeting. We must be united in our focus and goal of ending AIDS by 2030.
This is the June PCB where the important housekeeping for UNAIDS occurs. We must ensure there are adequate funds and investment to keep our house running optimally through a fully funded UBRAF. We must ensure budgets are adopted to maintain momentum and ensure gains are not lost. We must protect the people within the house, and those that serve in it through progressing the Management Action Plan. We must adhere to agreed processes in our consideration of the search for the next Executive Director. Without all this in order, the house that so many of the most marginalised depend on for light and shelter cannot function.
Let us not forget why we are here. I urge you to maintain your sight on the broader vision that we all want to achieve. As key populations our lives depend on it.
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