36th UNAIDS PCB Meeting NGO Delegation Communiqué
Table of contents
- Update on the AIDS response in the post-2015 development agenda
- Follow-up to the 35th PCB thematic on Halving HIV Transmission among PWID
Thematic segment on HIV in emergency contexts
Session on Enabling Environments for Key Populations
Delivered by Asia-Pacific NGO Delegate Jeffry Acaba
The NGO Delegation truly appreciates the UNAIDS Secretariat for allotting a session on how emergencies impact the situation of key populations. For someone who lives in a country where storms and typhoons make regular visits every month, I can very much relate to how important it is for the HIV response to remain a priority in emergency contexts.
Opening remarks at the 2016-2021 UNAIDS Unified Budget Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) consultations
Delivered by Laurel Sprague, North America NGO Delegate
As NGO members of the board, much of our public work – for example, our interventions during the PCB – involves linking the theories, practices, and intentions of the HIV response to their consequences for people and communities on the ground. This is the work that many of you see us do at the PCB. This is critical and part of the reason that there are NGO seats on the UNAIDS PCB.
Third intervention during the thematic segment of the 36th PCB meeting on HIV in emergency contexts
Delivered by Charles King, North America NGO Delegate
Late Tuesday afternoon, one of Housing Works’ staff, a member of the Haitian diaspora, called me on my cell phone. There has been an earthquake in Haiti, she said. For two years, Housing Works had been providing technical assistance to 17 small Haitian grassroots AIDS organizations. I sent several text messages to friends in the country to ask if they were ok. Only one, Edner Boucicault, responded. “We are dying,” he wrote. “Please help.” “What do you need,” I responded. “Everything,” was the reply.
Second intervention during the thematic segment of the 36th PCB meeting on HIV in emergency contexts
Delivered by Obatunde Oladapo, Africa NGO Delegate
The statistics are chilling: it is estimated that one woman out of three will be sexually abused in her lifetime. But according to Professor Babatunde Osotimehin of UNFPA, that number goes up considerably in violence and conflict situations.
First intervention during the thematic segment of the 36th PCB on HIV in Emergency Contexts
Delivered by Bryan Teixeira, Europe NGO Delegate
The NGO Delegation welcomes this Thematic Session on Emergencies, with its emphasis on the impacts of emergencies and related displacement of key populations, as well as persons living in other fragile communities that may ultimately require emergency humanitarian responses. The Delegation is also happy to see that the profile of emergencies is now high within several of the documents we received for this PCB, so in many ways, a key objective of this Thematic has already been achieved, i.e., ensuring emergencies are well integrated into the updated UNAIDS Strategy.