Jeffry Acaba, representing Asia Pacific in the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB, gave an intervention at the side event on key populations organized by The Global Fund and Canada government last 08 June 2016, 5:30-6:30PM. The intervention reads:
I would like to speak on behalf of Asia Pacific key populations communities and civil society and on behalf of the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB).
Community organizations and networks of key populations, including us, young key populations – young men who have sex with men, young sex workers, young transgender people, young people who use drugs, are at the forefront of the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific. However, with most countries in our region, like my country, the Philippines, in transition to becoming Middle Income, the political space puts key populations in a difficult position if not deprioritized from accessing domestic resources for the AIDS response.
Despite the adoption of a very weak Political Declaration that does not recognize the leadership and contribution of key populations to the response, our push for inclusion does not end here in New York. Investing in key populations, namely gay men and other men who have sex with men, sex workers, transgender people, and people who use drugs, including the community that I come from, young key populations, must remain a priority of The Global Fund. I would like to commend The Global Fund including some of its special initiatives such as the Community Rights and Gender (CRG) Program for creating flexibilities that support regional key population networks and community organizations in advocacy, service delivery, research and community financing. But since today is the day of political commitments to end the AIDS epidemic, as what they say, I would like to call on The Global Fund and donor countries to commit to allocate transitional and sustainable funding to communities and civil society organizations in Middle Income Countries and develop a mechanism that will
ensure that key populations and young key populations are included in the investment strategies of these transitioning countries. Thank you.