2.0 Follow-up to the thematic segment from the 27th PCB meeting
Intervention from the NGO Delegate for Africa (pdf)
Thank you Madame Chair.
The NGO delegation appreciates having had the opportunity to be involved in the working group on the follow-up to the thematic segment on ensuring that food and nutrition security are integral parts of HIV programming. We appreciate the movement we have finally seen on this issue in the work of the joint programme as this is a crucial component of the HIV response, particularly in my region.
We are encouraged by the strong human rights language and focus on realising the right to food and the call to build on evidence informed, rights-based approaches. In addition, we also appreciate that this work includes a focus on communities, women and key populations at higher risk of HIV, as well as the meaningful engagement of civil society and people living with HIV.
While we appreciate the comprehensive nature of the activities outlined in the board document and note that the implementation of the activities will be covered by existing resources from the UBRAF and other potential sources of funding, we are concerned about the implementation of these decision points and in particular the lack of articulation of a clear way forward, funding and report back on the activities, particularly those calling for the engagement of civil society. We recognise that the UBRAF will be a key piece of the puzzle as the framework within which these activities will be costed, funded, implemented and reported against.
Therefore, we would like to encourage WFP, the UNAIDS Secretariat and other agencies involved in this work according to their mandate under the Division of Labour, to ensure that the decision points under this item are adequately captured in the workplans emanating from the UBRAF and that civil society continues to be adequately involved in the workplanning and implementation of the work. Because there is no mandate for this item to return to the board for a progress update, we would like to request that the Board mandate WFP to submit a document for information during the 29th PCB, outlining how the activities covered by the decision points have been integrated into the UBRAF workplans.
We are also concerned about the lack of clarity / coherence of the 4th decision point and would like to suggest alternative text for this decision point, which would read:
d) UNAIDS to support member states to strengthen programmatic linkages, by the end of 2012, between food security, nutrition, human rights and HIV management through social protection approaches that focus on addressing underlying causes of vulnerability.
Thank you Madame Chair.