The PCB recognized the value to UNAIDS’s work of partnerships with the public sector, NGOs and people living with HIV/AIDS, and the business community, and encouraged the Programme to continue its partnership building efforts.
While leaving the final decision regarding timing and location in the hands of the Secretariat, the PCB expressed the desire that the meeting be held outside Geneva. The PCB thanked the representative of Uganda for offering to host the meeting, while noting that the last thematic meeting had taken place in the Africa Region.
The PCB took note of the proposal to hold a thematic PCB meeting later this year. After some discussion it was agreed that:
26.1 The meeting would discuss thematic issues to be confirmed in consultation with the PCB members.
The PCB recommended that:
25.1 Donors be requested to inform the Secretariat in writing, as early as possible in the calendar year, what the considered level of their contribution will be to the UNAIDS core budget.
The PCB, taking into account the need for UNAIDS to use its resources effectively and taking into account also the administrative agreements between UNAIDS and WHO:
22.1 Requests the UNAIDS Secretariat to continue to discuss with WHO’s administration, mechanisms for the efficient use of scarce resources with regard to the Operating Reserve Fund, and in particular, the specific requirement to obligate salaries for the calendar year, and to report to the PCB at its next regular session in 1999.
The PCB noted the concerns raised by some delegates concerning the level of the Operating Reserve Fund which in particular was dictated by the need to obligate salaries for UNAIDS staff for a calendar year, under the WHO rules and procedures which govern the administration in support of the Programme.