37TH UNAIDS PCB MEETING NGO Delegation COMMUNIQUE
The focus of 37th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) Meeting was on the ambitious language of the UNAIDS Updated Strategy (2016-2021), which was adopted after a contentious discussion among PCB members about sexual and reproductive health rights, and after months of consultations and negotiations. Throughout the strategy process, the NGO Delegation pressed for language to reflect current realities for communities, including language on gender equality, trade barriers, protective laws, youth leadership, and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV. At the PCB meeting, the NGO Delegation engaged in discussions and lobbying to ensure the inclusion of the language on sexual and reproductive health and rights (SRHR) in the Strategy, as a key component of the HIV response. In line with this, the NGO Report of the Delegation, which we requested to be postponed and tabled for the 38th PCB, is focused on SRHR of key populations, including those living with HIV, within the framework of the right to development.
Thank you, Chair.
We have all invested our time and resources that have translated into the UNAIDS 2016-2021 Strategy, which the board passed on Monday. This Strategy is strongly immersed on the fast-track approach, for us as women, men, transgender, children and youth, and we all trust it can lead us to the promised land, “a land with no AIDS BY 2030”.
Power of partnership for Implementation, innovation and equity: collective solutions for a sustainability AIDS response.
Thank you, Chair. It is true that this panel is important to make sure that we are implementing solutions collectively in the spirit of partnership.
“This 37th meeting of the PCB comes at a critical moment in our history—and for our future. It is timely that we are meeting so soon after the world adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and has collectively committed to end the AIDS epidemic as a public health threat by 2030. When we proposed this deadline, people thought it was a dream. But thanks to your passion and leadership, the world has embraced it as an achievable goal.”
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
And thank you Dasha for, again, calling our attention to the issues and the situation of Europe, especially the Eastern European and Central Asian region.
We would like to thank Dr. Mayaki for his strong words in support of civil society and community-based approaches for addressing HIV. The NGO delegation shares the emphasis on the need to increase multisectorality. HIV teaches us how much we all need one another, across differences in economies, geographies, and ideologies.
What is the role of civil society in a Fast-Track AIDS response?
- I will speak form the perspective of EECA, but I believe that a lot I’ll share will relate other MIC from MENA, LAC and AP.
Innovation, Governance and Sustainability
Mr. Chairman, representatives of governments, UN Agencies and civil society colleagues, good morning. I thank UNAIDS invitation to speak in this session. I’d like to share some reflections built upon THE PARTICIPATION OF MY ORGANIZATION – GESTOS – IN THE posT-2015 negotiations, AND the third Conference on Financing for Development.