The PCB endorsed the need for prioritization of countries for UNAIDS Secretariat support and resources for country activities, and welcomed the Secretariat’s development of objective criteria. Various comments were expressed in regard to some of the criteria including:
8.1 Concern for the criteria related to population size which could disadvantage smaller countries.
8.2 The criteria described as “regional influence” which was seen as being hard to measure and should be eliminated, but a regional role in combating the epidemic needed to be recognized.
8.3 The absence of effective Theme Groups or a functional UN system which may unfairly penalize some countries.