31st UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting
NGO Delegate for North America
1.3 Report of the Executive Director (pdf)
The NGO Delegation applauds the establishment and launch of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks’ Fund, which announced its inaugural funding selection of global and regional networks focused on supporting inadequately-served populations worldwide. Named after the late Dr. Robert Carr, who was a respected AIDS activist, thought leader and former PCB NGO delegate, the Fund made $5.4 million available to 24 networks in its first year.
The NGO delegation would like to acknowledge, with great appreciation, the founding donors of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks’ Fund: the governments of Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Their foresight and bold action have set a pivotal precedent. We cannot defeat AIDS without the unique intermediary role that global and regional networks play in achieving the commitments of the 2011 UN Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and global strategies, such as the UNAIDS strategy “Getting to Zero” and the Global Fund Strategy, “Investing for Impact.”
We would like to also make a special note of the leadership role UNAIDS played in getting the Fund started and of its ongoing role as the Fund’s advisor. We thank you Michel, for your personal involvement. The delegation would like to remind UNAIDS of their ongoing responsibility to ensuring that civil society is fully funded and technically supported. The establishment of the Carr Fund does not end that responsibility.
The NGO Delegation is acutely aware of the important coordinating and community systems strengthening functions global and regional networks have. These networks play a vital role in promoting innovation, developing leadership, disseminating information, linking stakeholders, advancing policy and supporting good practice. They accomplish a great deal with relatively little funding, which makes the Robert Carr Civil Society Network Fund excellent value for money.
The NGO Delegation looks forward to hearing about the future achievements of the Robert Carr Civil Society Networks’ Fund. In particular, we hope to hear about increased government, foundation and private sector support, which will permit the Fund to expand its support of global and regional networks. Without an increase to available funds, it will be difficult to sustain this innovative and critical funding mechanism.