The upcoming 33rd Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) meeting of UNAIDS will occur on 17-19 December 2013. The PCB is the governing body of UNAIDS and it is made up of Member States, UN agencies and NGO Delegates.
The PCB NGO Delegation ensures that the priorities and interests of affected people, constituencies and communities are considered in UNAIDS decisions and policies. The NGO Delegation already knows of certain confirmed elements of this meeting. And we are in the process of ensuring the voices of affect people are powerfully represented.
Here are some confirmed highlights of the meeting so far:
1. The opening of the meeting will as usual have the report from Michel Sidibé, the Executive Director of UNAIDS. This will be followed by a special guest speaker presentation on Leadership in the AIDS Response. The NGO Delegation will do its part in proposing possible topics for inclusion in Mr Sidibé’s report as well as possible speakers to help set the stage at the opening of this meeting.
2. The NGO Delegation produces an NGO Report each year. The 2013 report will be tabled at this meeting. It will focus on access to treatment and the role of communities in scaling-up such access. Evidence-informed case studies from different regions will be presented to showcase how PLHIV are accessing treatment, including positive experiences as well as challenges encountered. This report was to have occurred at the June PCB earlier this year but was delayed until now. The Delegation is currently in the process of finalizing this Report.
3. There will be a report on Coordination of Technical Support. This is a challenging area especially at this moment in time and subsequent to the recent changes in the funding model of the Global Fund. The report is specifically in response to a decision of the 30th PCB meeting in June 2012: “Requests UNAIDS to report to the 33rd PCB, drawing on the relevant UBRAF indicators, describing progress on the coordination of technical support across all stakeholders. The Secretariat should provide interim progress reports on this unfolding piece of work to the PCB Bureau allowing for accountability in this challenging but critical area to the HIV response.” An initial consultation involving PCB stakeholders and other partners was organized in July 2013. The report will be based on the conclusions of this consultation, as well as additional discussions with key partners.
4. A background paper is being prepared by the UNAIDS Secretariat on the Strategic use of ARVs for treatment and prevention of HIV. It is expected that this position paper will available early enough to enable careful consideration by PCB Members ahead of the 33rd PCB meeting.
5. In June 2012, the Board discussed the possibility of having an item on AIDS in the Post-2015 Development Framework as a standing item on the agenda of each PCB through to 2015. As a result, the UNAIDS Secretariat will present an update at the upcoming meeting on developments since the debate in June. It is hoped that this update will also include mention of the work of the UNAIDS Lancet Commission.
6. Each year, one of the PCB meetings includes a special “Thematic Day”. For 2013, this will occur with the December meeting and focus on HIV, Adolescents and Youth. This day is well along in its preparation and an information note is being prepared by the UNAIDS Secretariat covering various areas, including youth participation and mobilization in the response, political accountability, innovative and new programmes for adolescents and youth in the HIV response, and creating enabling social and legal environments for young people. The Secretariat will go on to develop the structure of the thematic day. The contentious matter of criteria for decision making following thematic segments is also being considered.
From the perspective of the NGO Delegation, a key priority will be making the background info for this upcoming PCB widely available and consulting on the related priorities and interests with our various affected constituencies in the five regions: Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and North America and Canada. Such feedback from the regions is crucial to the strength of our input during the actual PCB meeting. In addition, we will publicize information on the options for NGO representatives to be present during the PCB in Geneva.
Registration to the meeting has been closed on 30th November 2013.
Download the documentation for the meeting below:
- Agenda ( en | fr )
- Note Verbale ( en | fr )
- Information for participants ( en | fr )
- Agenda Item 1.2 Report of the 32nd PCB
- Agenda Item 1.4 Report by The NGO Delegation
- Agenda Item 3 Update on the AIDS Response in Post 2015
- Agenda Item 4 Strategic Use of ARVs
- Agenda Item 5 Coordination of HIV Technical Support
- Agenda Item 6 Next PCB Meeting
- Agenda Item 7 Election of Officers
- Agenda Item 9 Thematic Segment on HIV, Youth & Adolescents
- Agenda Item 9 Agenda of Thematic Segment
Conference Room Papers:
- Agenda Item 3 Working Group 1 on Lancet Commission
- Agenda Item 3 Working Group 2 on Lancet Commission
- Agenda Item 3 Working Group 3 on Lancet Commission
- Agenda Item 3 Working Group 4 on Lancet Commission
- Agenda Item 9 PCB Submissions on The Thematic Segment
More information and documents will be uploaded as they become available, while archives to the previous PCB meetings can be found here.