We welcome the completion of the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) and would like to thank the Secretariat for its marathon efforts to finalize the document to deliver for this PCB meeting in such a short time. We are particularly pleased that the new UBRAF now incorporates measurable outputs and outcomes regarding human rights and gender equality especially as they impact on key and vulnerable populations.
The process of consultation, including the multistakeholder consultation and the subcommittee that informed the UBRAF, was truly engaging. It is our hope that a similar mechanism be in place for the planning of the next biennium budget (2014-2015), including the development of new indicators and as we learn lessons from the UBRAF’s implementation.
Madam Chair and members of the PCB, we noted that work around the development of definitions of indicators related to civil society engagement, resourcing and strengthening, particularly around section D1.1.3, and D2.1.4, D2.2.2, and D2.4, and sexual and gender-based violence indicators in C4.2.2, are still to be developed.
While we understand the reporting burden on the UN joint teams based on the existing UBRAF framework, we hope that new indicators and a baseline that measures UNAIDS’ engagement with civil society will be available for the next biennium budget planning. We also look forward to seeing closer integration of the indicators evolving from the partnership guidance in the UBRAF.
We would request that in the annual reporting of the UBRAF at the 31st PCB meeting, progress on the development of these indicators be part of the reporting.
We welcome the review of the Monitoring and Evaluation Reference Group and would support a strong mechanism to engage with the further development and refinement of indicators about civil society participation and resourcing.
Lastly, while we still do not have all the indicators that would help us monitor the meaningful engagement of civil society at the national level, we support Finland’s proposal yesterday that best practices that reflect genuine consultation with key affected populations to advocate for an enabling legal environment to improve access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services in order to share, adapt, and scale up be highlighted in the first annual review of the UBRAF. This kind of reporting would illustrate to the board the effectiveness of the UBRAF and how partnership with civil society has had a direct impact at the country level.