31st UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting
NGO Delegates for Latin America and the Caribbean
1.4 Leadership in the AIDS Response (pdf)
The PCB NGO Delegation welcomes the launch of the Lancet/UNAIDS Commission on HIV and Global Health as part of UNAIDS’ strategy to promote the inclusion of HIV and AIDS within the post-2015 agenda.
We all know that a number of parallel processes will inform the final set of development goals, in particular the Sustainable Development Goals as a follow‐up from the Rio+20 Summit and the 20 year review of the International Conference on Population and Development.
We strongly believe that without immediate engagement of UNAIDS in these formal processes there is a risk of losing momentum and gains that have already been made in the HIV response. It is clear and well documented that the specific focus on HIV in MDG 6 (combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other diseases), with global and national targets, have driven unprecedented progress in addressing HIV by galvanizing political leadership, funding and accountability, which in turn resulted in broader gains in the health sector.
We hope that the work of the Commission will be a relevant supplement to UNAIDS’ advocacy at multiple levels and that the establishment of this Commission will inspire UNAIDS leadership to engage in further strategic action. Describing and documenting the exemplarity of AIDS as a catalyst for social change would be a main task for the Commission, and the NGO Delegation stands ready to be involved in this task, bringing to the table real life examples and best practices.
Therefore, we are interested to learn more about the Commission’s composition, deliverables and accountability measures and about how its interaction with other processes and entities working on the post-2015 agenda is envisioned. We hope that the nomination of civil society representatives on the Commission will be transparent and accountable so that the Commission’s legitimacy will not be questioned.
The Commission could be a positive force in bringing together the global AIDS community to discuss our goals and inspire our strategies. However, positioning HIV and AIDS in the post-2015 framework will take strong, sustained leadership now and in the coming years, and we urge UNAIDS to assume a leadership position today.
Finally, we cannot forget that the post‐2015 framework is being negotiated in time of global economic crisis, that we all know has been used to re-shape and re-define global priorities, including donor priorities, and how these changes have impacted the funding allocation for AIDS. Therefore, the NGO Delegation would like UNAIDS to advocate for a future development framework that is closely linked to funding modalities, with clear accountability mechanisms for donors and governments. Long-term sustainable and predictable funding needs to be identified and secured, including through innovative funding mechanisms such as a Financial Transaction Tax.
AIDS remains an unfinished MDG for the NGO Delegation. In our view, it must be placed among the main development goals. We share UNAIDS’ belief that “The end of AIDS can be a distinctive triumph of the post-2015 development era”. We stand ready to assist the newly formed Lancet and UNAIDS Commission in making this a reality.