The NGO Delegation would like to thank the Secretariat for the financial report and the performance monitoring report. We realize that much work goes into preparing this information. It is encouraging to get an overview of the achievements of UNAIDS and co-sponsors and good to see us moving toward our results matrix and getting closer to reporting on impact, rather than just activities.
We would like to support UNAIDS and the member states in efforts to identify long-term solutions to managing finances and to ensure value for money, including ways to maintain stable procurement and administrative costs while ensuring high levels of efficiency and productivity.
The NGO Delegation read with keen interest the performance monitoring report, noting with appreciation the mention of the importance of working with key populations, notably the lesson on involvement of people who use drugs in the planning and delivery of strategies, in order to meet the agreed targets.
The report made clear the need to do more to reach people who inject drugs, as well as the need to make more progress in elimination of stigma and discrimination and travel restrictions for people living with HIV. We commend countries which have reviewed laws and practices regarding HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission.
However, we note with concern that while the UNAIDS strategy and UBRAF recognizes the importance of supporting marginalized groups most vulnerable to HIV, allocations to priority areas of people who inject drugs, men who have sex with men, transgender, and sex workers remain relatively low.