Update: Civil Society Participation in the Programme Coordinating Board
Thank you to the over 300 people who participated in the independent survey on civil society engagement at the PCB and the progress of NGO Delegation participation and contribution to the PCB – we appreciate your feedback and the impact that it will have on the UNAIDS PCB agenda.
The larger conference room paper detailing the results of the research and a shorter paper focused on the recommendations are now ready. Overall, the Delegation is seen as “an important principle and valued asset” of the PCB with a strong identity and “vital watchdog role” that has increased and improved its contributions to the Board. There are also some thoughtful points for the Delegation to consider and work on. At the meeting, decision points will be presented that will call on: Member States to include civil society representatives in their delegations and to facilitate greater participation of and input from civil society into agenda items; UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors to strengthen collaborations with the NGO Delegation; and the Board to provide greater leadership and strategic collaboration with civil society.
31st UNAIDS PCB Meeting: Registration & Agenda Items
Want to attend the PCB?
The 31st meeting of the PCB will take place from 11-13 December in Geneva. Registration for civil society observers is still open. You can apply online here; the deadline is 23 November 2012. Please note: Do NOT register unless you can obtain your own source of funding to attend. UNAIDS and the NGO Delegation are unfortunately not able to fund civil society observers. If you require a visa to attend the meeting in Geneva, you must request one from UNAIDS as soon as possible; UNAIDS does NOT automatically provide letters of invitation. Contact [email protected] to obtain the necessary letter.
Can’t attend the PCB or need more information?
Next week, the Delegation will have two calls with international civil society to present the key agenda items and our concerns and strategies. They will take place on Monday 26 November at 8pmCET and Tuesday 27 November 2pmCET in order to accommodate all time zones. You can find out your local time for each call by using this page (26 Nov) or this one (27 Nov) and choosing your country.
Download the dial-in numbers and instructions and read more information about the call on our website. Please RSVP to Amy Coulterman at [email protected] by Sunday 25 November 2012, noting which call you will join to participate. If you cannot attend by phone, please feel free to forward any comments to us ahead of the call.
Joining us in Geneva?
The Delegation will host a pre-PCB meeting briefing with civil society observers in Geneva on Monday 10 December in the afternoon. Please ensure, if you can, to arrive early so that you can join us for this face-to-face meeting. If you are in Geneva for the PCB, you are also invited to join us after each day’s session to debrief with the Delegation. For those of you registered, we will send further details to you by email.
This December’s agenda will include:
- a follow-up to June’s thematic on combination prevention;
- a report on progress toward strategic investment at the country level;
- a mid-term review of implementation of the Agenda for Women and Girls;
- a report on the NGO/Civil Society participation in the PCB;
- a report on development concerning the Monitoring & Evaluation Reference Group (MERG);
- and a full-day of sessions on the issue of non-discrimination.
Check our website for more information and to find up-to-date documents.
NGO Delegates Outreach in Europe
Matthew Southwell and Laura Kirkegaard, our NGO Delegates for Europe, joined other members of the UNAIDS governing body in its trip in October to Ukraine. This annual field visit allows Board Members to experience first-hand the progress made and the challenges remaining in a country’s AIDS response. Their blog post report-back highlights the state of Ukraine’s HIV services, including harm reduction, and a recent bill moving through parliament outlawing what it calls “pro-homosexual propaganda”.
Present and incoming Europe Delegates will also host a regional call on 18 December 2012 to share the outcomes of the 31st PCB and discuss goals for 2013. Please join us. You will find further details on our website.
Reading Room: Recent Blog Posts
- Reposting: Request for Proposals to Host the UNAIDS PCB NGO Delegation’s Communications & Consultation Facility (Deadline: 21 November)
- Post-2015: Online Discussion Now Open on Development & Rights of LGBTI People (Closes: 30 November)
- Civil Society Consultation: 2013 WHO Consolidated ARV Guidelines