Madam Chair, as the NGO Delegation, we continue to be aligned with ever-relevant sentiments of page 11 of the UNAIDS Getting to Zero Strategy for 2011-2015 that upholds that: “Partnerships give voice to the people who are infected and affected by HIV and act as a catalytic force for change and provide accountability for political commitments.” The NGO Delegation is committed to bringing the diverse voices of people living with and affected by HIV to UNAIDS and the Cosponsors. We are responsible for supporting and nurturing broader and more meaningful engagement of civil society. Opportunities to advocate for, to deliver, and to create change is tantamount to the HIV response at every echelon from the grassroots to the global.
We were pleased by the board decision to create a partnership guidance by the 29th PCB to provide guidance on how the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), its Cosponsors and Secretariat (working at national, regional and global levels) strengthens, operationalizes and provides a minimum package of standards for partnership work with civil society. We find this guidance to be an essential tool to enable the UN to deliver the targets and elimination commitments agreed in the 2011 Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS.
We welcome the development of this guidance and we look forward to the implementation and utility of the partnership guidance in the context of UNAIDS Strategy 2011–2015 supported by the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) as well as other key UNAIDS programming and budgeting documents. We look forward to seeing this fully integrated into the UBRAF so as to ensure its operationalization and follow up. This will allow us to meet the intent of the original decision point to have a coherent, measurable way of working with civil society. We look forward to continued engagement to implement and review the guidance.
We thank UNAIDS and the Joint Programmes for its responsiveness and continued efforts. As the NGO Delegation, we gratefully note the development of this guidance in an effort to increase meaningful engagement, increased transparency, enhanced support to civil society, better linkages to funding and resources for initiatives led by civil society and improving accountability of the joint UN family in-country in harmony with item III, paragraph 22 of the Second Independent Evaluation which explicitly states: “The UNAIDS Strategy recognizes that people living with and affected by HIV must lead and own effective HIV responses to ensure a rights-based, sustainable and high impact response and to hold national and global partners accountable for delivering on their commitments.”