The following are highlights of discussions during the global civil society calls in preparation for the 34th UNAIDS PCB Meeting. Even though the participation was diverse, many common elements were raised and discussed from all around the world. This year, 3 calls were held bringing together diverse representations and NGO Delegation members: 1) Africa/Asia and the Pacific/Europe; 2) Americas (English); 3) Americas (Spanish).
For information from the Spanish language call, please click here.
The NGO Delegates are being asked to raise these issues during the PCB meeting and to Michel Sidibe directly:
1. The spate of anti-homosexuality and anti-LGBT laws in Africa, Asia, Eastern Europe and (parts of) North America and how UNAIDS is responding to these developments;
2. The involvement of the pharmaceutical industry in shaping the political agenda and strategic directions of the UN and Global Fund, as well as in treatment and drug pricing dynamics;
3. The need for UNAIDS and member states to step up in their advocacy to ensure that HIV and AIDS is not lost in the post-2015 development agenda, including confirmation of a high-level meeting (HLM) on HIV/AIDS in 2016;
4. The need for enhanced indicators on civil society engagement, more robust assessment, and transparent reporting for UNAIDS and its co-sponsors resulting from the mid-term review of the 2012-2015 UNAIDS Unified Budget and Results Accountability Framework (UBRAF); and,
5. The need to assess whether the UNAIDS restructuring has resulted in better human resource performance, including assessment of the effectiveness of deploying staff from global to regional offices versus country offices, where the need is actual and greatest.
On PCB Meetings:
6. The need to ensure that input from community must be taken into account in the planning and finalization of the Thematic Segment and that outcomes and reports reflect actual discussions and demands;
7. The call for UNAIDS to support CSO speakers, particularly from key populations and PLHIV networks, to enable their participation in the Thematic Segment of the PCB; and,
8. The issue of Sir Andrew Witty, CEO of GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), as the keynote speaker to speak on “Leadership in the AIDS Response” and how civil society inputs and positions regarding this issue is taken into account by the UNAIDS leadership.