We welcome the Assessment of the UBRAF 2012-2015 Report. It is key to have a critical review of the performance, challenges and areas for refinement in the critical financial structure. As such, the NGO Delegation supports the call for the mid-term review and the implementation of the JPMS to provide increased insight on the functionality and opportunities within the UNBRAF reporting system.
We are pleased to receive the conference room paper on UNAIDS engagement with civil society. The paper highlights a variety of partnerships, activities and interventions between the Joint Programs and civil society groups. We take particular note and appreciation to co-sponsor accounts that were costed, quantified and those that provided specifics on both UNBRAF and Core budget allocations. We appreciate this opportunity to get a deeper understanding of the range of ways the Joint Program and civil society work together to provide effective, inclusive and meaningful HIV responses. As such it will be very useful to also understand the obstacles where CS partnerships are challenging to build and/or sustain. This will help us learn more about where particular support is needed. We look forward to continuing to understand and support these shared processes and relationship building.
We are pleased to see the UBRAF case studies from the country level. While it is heartening to note the broad success, it will be useful to also note areas of challenges and lessons learned that will spearhead continued refinement. Going forward, we hope to see more independently reviewed case studies. We are also keen to better understand how the expansion of UNAIDS field placements have contributed to increased success and results at the country level as it is not fully articulated in the current report beyond a modest cost savings.
The PCB NGO Delegation receives the addition of UN Women with great optimism and excitement. We are also pleased to see expanded performance of existing co-sponsors and the priority placed on working at the country level. However, the PCB NGO Delegation shares regret that as members of the PCB, who have historically been committed to high engagement in the Joint Programme planning processes, the NGO Delegation was not consulted or included in the development of the work plans or budget allocation processes therein. We would be pleased going forward to work more closely and inclusively in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the work of UNAIDS building true shared vision and tangible partnership
We also take note of large contributors to the HIV response such as WHO have retracted funding and shifted priority to NCD’s. While we support all aspects of health and see the need beyond HIV, worldwide people continue to live and face risk for HIV and therefore,
HIV funding, programming and new interventions that can help us sustain gains in reducing incidence in people at risk and extending length and quality of life for persons already infected.
Additionally, the PCB NGO Delegation is highly concerned with UNAIDS Zero growth budget coupled with the currency fluctuation. Today, when only half of those worldwide, who desperately need humanity restoring, family preserving.. life saving ARV’s still remain without. Today with the absence of a vaccine or a cure… many worldwide like my son, or someone from your village or the girl neighbor continue to urgently need HIV prevention interventions to prevent them from becoming HIV positive. Thus we are urged to continue to prioritize HIV as we ACT today and PLAN for Post 2015 and beyond… We are urged to preserve our SHARED commitment to halt and reverse the HIV pandemic. In that, we encourage fulfillment of existing financial commitments to the HIV response and bold new allocations that will help us to sustain our gains and move closer to achieving the 3 zero’s and meeting our goals to halt and reverse the HIV pandemic.
We delight in the reorganization and re-launch of the Global Coalition on Women and AIDS. We see this as marked investment in women and girls. In concert we acknowledge and support the call from the Australian block to expand data disaggregation by sex and to continue investments in women and girls (with specific and targeted approaches to meet the needs on young women and girls) to act the Accelerated Agenda for Women and Girls.