31st UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting
NGO Delegate for Europe
1.3 Report of the Executive Director (pdf)
The NGO Delegation welcomes the recent initiative of UNAIDS to formulate key messages and engage in the ongoing review of the Millennium Development Goals. We would like to explore opportunities to discuss the key messages and to provide feedback on them.
There are clear and worrying signs from across the world that the global AIDS response is being de-prioritized in terms of both political commitment and as a donor priority. Donors and political leaders seem to “have moved on”, leaving the AIDS response at a time when we can see the end of AIDS in the horizon, but still need to persevere for the promise of an AIDS free generation to be fulfilled.
This environment of de-prioritization makes it even more important for UNAIDS to engage with strong messages and a persistent strategy at multiple levels of the national and global consultations. UNAIDS leadership needs to weigh in both before and after the High Level Panel submits its report to the Secretary General as well as in the evolving process of integration of the Sustainable Development Goals with the MDGs.
Keeping an HIV specific goal in a post 2015 framework is important because HIV is not only a health issue but also a cause and a consequence of poverty, inequity, gender-based violence and lack of human rights. Mainstreaming HIV only into a broad health goal would most likely mean that the social, economic and legal aspects of the AIDS response will be de-prioritized.
We strongly believe and agree with the Executive Director that the AIDS response can serve as a test case for what is feasible in a framework of global solidarity and shared responsibility. However we find that the UNAIDS and the wider AIDS community needs to mobilize more to bring forward this case if we are to convince the broader global development community that AIDS is not just an exceptional challenge, but that the response to it is also an example on which to model future frameworks for development.
Civil society is at the heart of delivering the AIDS response. Important lessons can be drawn regarding the systematic incorporation of CS representation and consultation in governance structures as well as in service delivery. The NGO delegation stands ready to partner with UNAIDS in the effort to place the AIDS response solidly within the post 2015 agenda
On a final note, the NGO delegation supports UNAIDS’ call for fully funding the UBRAF. We call for the international donor community to recommit to funding the Global Fund after its recent restructuring. We also strongly encourage donors to support the creation of innovative financing mechanisms such as a Financial Transaction Tax that could raise the funds to deliver on the commitment made in the 2011 Political Declaration.