6.0 Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework 2012-2015
Intervention from the NGO Delegate for North America (pdf)
Civil society is an integral partner in the delivery of the UBRAF. Therefore, rather than assume the role of mobilizing civil society, UNAIDS and the joint team should ensure efforts to increase opportunities, including providing resources for civil society to mobilize itself, to link different social movements, and to broker opportunities for people living with HIV and key populations to bring their own voices to decision-making tables.
We also welcome the thrust on partnership. Furthermore, partnership work with civil society and people living with HIV is not the sole responsibility of partnership or social mobilization staff at country level, but should instead be regarded as a fundamental working approach for all country-level staff across the Joint Programme. In other words, partnership with civil society and networks of PLHIV is an integral part of any and all responses to HIV at the global, regional and country level.
Given that, we remain unclear as to how the UN Family at the global, regional, and particularly at the country level plan to partner with civil society without some clear blue print or strategy that includes common standards and practices for meaningful engagement with civil society and people living with HIV. We believe that this would be achieved through the development of a civil society partnership strategy. As a reminder at the 25th PCB, the board committed to an overarching partnership strategy with clear measurable objectives and with distinct strategies on how the UNAIDS Family will work with civil society and people living with HIV and AIDS.
We remain concerned that civil society organizations are inadequately resourced as partners in the execution of the UBRAF work plans and strategic priorities. As such, we ask that there be a mechanism for us to track resourcing of the Secretariat and Cosponsors in resourcing and engagement with civil society. In line with this request, we will be proposing a decision point for consideration.
The Decision Point is as follows:
Requests UNAIDS to provide more explicit reporting on resourcing and engagement of civil society supported with indicators and clear reporting from the Secretariat and Cosponsors within the UBRAF.