On behalf of the NGO Delegation I thank Michel for this comprehensive report. We share the concerns that overcoming the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a challenge. The fact that 50% of people eligible for treatment in low & middle income countries are not getting it is an indicator that if there is no massive scale-up of treatment access NOW it is unlikely that we will achieve the target of putting 15 million people in treatment by 2015.
In this sense, the NGO Delegation fully supports the UNAIDS strategy on promoting local production in countries with emerging economies and the least developed countries. Local production of first line drugs have proved to make them available at low prices without affecting their quality, but now it is necessary to extend the local production to the second and third lines – which requires that the barriers of intellectual properties rights be overcome. Therefore we support the Executive Director’s public calls to postpone the IP transition period for the least developed countries beyond 2016 and we urge UNAIDS to take concrete steps towards assisting the countries to make the full use the TRIPS flexibilities which includes promoting the South-to South knowledge and technology transfer.
UNAIDS should have also a strong voice and provide technical support to help countries to improve the enabling environment and guarantee the human rights of all people. Besides making more resources available it is necessary to invest them better, decrease stigma and discrimination, ensure an enabling legal environment and eliminate the gender inequities.
Civil society and especially people living with and affected by HIV are key contributors and their voices must be always incorporate in all responses. We as representatives of those groups, bring to the PCB the needs, voices and demands of those communities. We encourage UNAIDS and all stakeholders to contribute to the improvement of the advocacy capacity of these groups and networks to improve their lives.
Only by fully representing and incorporating the vulnerable groups and those living with the HIV or affected by, UNAIDS will have a human face. UNAIDS was a pioneer UN Agency in relation to civil society participation, we hope this will be strengthened by the increasing of people living with HIV and young person’s participation.
Finally , while acknowledging the efforts from UNAIDS and Member States towards achieving the 2011 HLM and the MDGs, our Delegation would like to emphasize that increased leadership is still required from different stakeholders at all levels, including more coordinated actions within UNAIDS family, as well as between the UNAIDS Cosponsors and civil society. We are concerned that besides the need to strengthen the current capacity to respond to HIV and AIDS, it is also necessary to have a clear roadmap that responds to the different contexts that make people more vulnerable and guarantees access to treatment to all people in need in the years ahead. These responses must continue to be strategically placed in the global policies of health, development, climate change and human rights among others beyond 2015. Thus for the next PCB, we would like to request an agenda item to discuss the way forward to respond to the challenges in the Post 2015 Agenda.