The NGO Delegation would first like thank Sara Simon, the Delegation’s Communications Facility Focal Point, for her over four years of dedication supporting us in our outreach and policy work. You will be missed and best of luck in your future endeavours!
Have Your Say: Survey on Civil Society Participation in the Programme Coordinating Board
In follow up to a decision made at the 20th board meeting in June 2007, UNAIDS is supporting a review of the progress of NGO Delegation participation and contribution to the PCB. This will result in recommendations about how to increase the engagement and impact of civil society voices, including those of people living with HIV and key affected communities. These will be presented at the 31st board meeting in December.
As part of the review, all civil society organizations involved in HIV (at community, national, regional or global levels) are invited to participate in an e-survey. The survey has just 10 questions and takes about 5 minutes. It is anonymous and confidential. We welcome your views – whether you know the work of the PCB or NGO Delegation well or not. Your responses will be integral to how civil society engages at the PCB.
The deadline is 14 October 2012. For further background information on the review and civil society participation, visit our website.
The e-survey is available in:
NGO Delegation Recruitment
The Delegation is pleased to announce our new delegates for 2013-2014. We would like to welcome to our team:
Europe: Ninoslav Mladenovic (Macedonia), European AIDS Treatment Group [term to begin March 2013]
Europe: Daria Ocheret (Lithuania), Eurasian Harm Reduction Network
North America: Charles King (USA), Housing Works
Thank you to everyone who responded to our call for nominations.
31st UNAIDS PCB Meeting
The 31st meeting of the PCB will take place from 11-13 December in Geneva. This December’s agenda will include:
- a keynote speech on ‘Leadership in the AIDS Response’;
- a follow-up to June’s thematic on combination prevention;
- a report on progress toward strategic investment at the country level;
- a mid-term review of implementation of the Agenda for Women and Girls;
- a report on the NGO/Civil Society participation in the PCB;
- a report on development concerning the Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group (MERG);
- and a full-day of sessions on the issue of non-discrimination.
Check our website for more information and to find up-to-date documents.
Registration for civil society observers should open soon. You can apply online here. The deadline to apply is 23 November 2012. Please note: Do NOT register unless you can obtain your own source of funding to attend. UNAIDS and the NGO Delegation are unfortunately not able to fund civil society observers. If you require a visa to attend the meeting in Geneva, you must request one from UNAIDS as soon as possible; UNAIDS does NOT automatically provide letters of invitation. Contact PCBregistration@unaids.org to obtain the necessary letter.
The NGO Delegation led and took part in several events, panels and sessions that pushed forward an agenda for civil society engagement and perspectives during the XIX International AIDS Conference. In the Community Dialogue Space, the Communications Facility (CF) hosted a session with civil society representatives who sit on other global health institutions, including UNITAID, the Global Fund, Medicines Patent Pool and International Health Partnership and Related Initiatives (IHP+), and NGO Delegate Alessandra Nilo brought together UNAIDS and other Cosponsors to speak on the HIV movement’s role in the post-2015 agenda. Among the abstracts, Sara Simon of the CF presented the Delegation’s 2011 NGO Report findings and the response from UNAIDS and its Member States. A session in the Global Village, moderated by Amy Coulterman of the CF, focused on innovative ways the AIDS movement can use social media. Read more about these sessions and other activities by Delegates on our website.
Reading Room: Recent Blog Posts
- Where Will HIV Be in the Post-2015 Framework?
- UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Health: Online Consultation on Access to Medicines
- Article: HIV Stigma & Employment Discrimination
- Challenges & Changes to Law: Enabling Legal Environments in the HIV Response
- Grassroots Activism Leads Namibia Court to Rule on Sterilization
- 25 Years Fighting for Women’s Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights
- 2011 Report on HIV & Legal Environments Launched at AIDS 2012