We welcome the report of last June’s 28th PCB, but we must say that there are some amendments that the NGO Delegation wishes to make to the report.
We note oversights in the notes of the 28th PCB, as follows:
In the Report of the Executive Director, Michel Sidibé also mentioned the importance of funding civil society and reporting indicators that will help to judge this progress and he encouraged UNAIDS Cosponsors to “work for greater transparency on the use of funds allocated to civil society”.
We also asked, with regards to the High Level Meeting, for a clear mechanism of delivering and accountability using, for example, the International Advisory Group as a follow up mechanism as well as regional consultations, and we wondered when the next global reporting would occur and what its nature will be.
With regards to the issue of Cosponsor organizations, we would like to remind that:
“There is a need for greater consistency and minimum common standards for engagement with civil society. 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.”
Under the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF), we remain concerned that civil society organizations are inadequately resourced as partners in the execution of the UBRAF work plans and strategic priorities. We would therefore urge the secretariat to use both the annual work plans and review processes for Cosponsors as added accountability measures to track spending on communities and civil society.
Finally, we would request a role in the development and peer review of the annual work plans to be developed by the joint team in-country, particularly in the 20+5 priority countries as specified in the UBRAF documents. This role was in fact referenced in the new Division of Labour under the principle of mutual accountability. Furthermore, as Cosponsors work towards developing corporate indicators and frameworks for reporting to the PCB board in June 2012, we ask that indicators include and reflect on how the joint team has delivered on its results including its engagement with civil society, particularly at regional and national levels.