1.4 Report by the Chair of the Committee of Cosponsoring Organizations
Intervention from the NGO Delegate for North America (pdf)
We appreciate this opportunity to comment on the Report of Co-Sponsoring Organizations. We note the new format of the report which began with a three and a half page synopsis of key activities followed by a series of appendices each representing separate reports from each of the co-sponsoring organizations. The new format allowed for a clearer overview of key activities and reports for each co-sponsor. We want to encourage the continuation with this reporting format and offer a friendly suggestion that co-sponsors also focus their respective reports on the impact of key activities listed.
We note differences in both interpretation and implementation across co-sponsors in the meaningful participation of civil society particularly people living with HIV and also key populations more generally. There is a need for greater consistency and minimum common standards for engagement with civil society. This should include a clear blueprint describing: 1) shared principles of engagement with people living with HIV and civil society to coordinate efforts in response to UNAIDS strategic goals; and 2) plans for communicating planned civil society engagement. This is in line with and in response to the recommendations of the Second Independent Evaluation of UNAIDS to: develop a shared vision of the potential and expected benefits from civil society and people living with HIV involvement that includes a clear set of objectives and a more systematic approach to documenting outcomes; develop a common approach across the secretariat and cosponsors to engagement with and capacity-building support for civil society and organizations of people living with HIV; and increase support at global and country levels for empowerment and participation of key populations.
This is also referenced in the Decision Point from the 25th PCB which requests the UNAIDS Secretariat to work with Cosponsors to develop an overarching partnership strategy with clear and measurable objectives as well as distinct strategies for working with both civil society and people living with HIV.
The NGO delegation stands ready to assist co-sponsors in the development of a common civil society, partnership strategy.
And finally, we are heartened to see specific reports from UNDP, UNFPA, and UNICEF about resources directed at civil society. We also note the good work being done focused on key populations. We request that co-sponsors more consistently track resources devoted to key populations, disaggregated by group, as defined by their mandate and as indicated in the division of labor. We want to reiterate the importance of a focus on impact and results. In our view, this is fundamental to good monitoring and evaluation practices.
Thank you Madame Chair.