NGO Delegate Charles King, North America
“The NGO delegation welcomes their financial report and the renewed focus on risk management in the UBRAF report. However, we would like to suggest an addition to the Joint Programme’s risk management. It concerns risk to the lives of people living with HIV and AIDS in crisis situations that do not rise to the level of a recognized humanitarian crisis. Whether in the Crimea and Eastern Ukraine, where political turmoil has shut off access to substitution therapy for opiates addiction as well as access to ARVs, or in Uganda, where the new homophobia law has diminished LGBT rights to health care including preventing access to treatment, services and care, and a diminished space of civil society to serve and advocate for this community, or the backlash in the Caribbean to efforts by the LGBT community to claim its rights, there are problems that impact negatively on the HIV response. Furthermore these crises are becoming more frequent.
Te Joint Programme has to date tended to respond to such situations in an ad hoc fashion. As a result much of that response is proving less effective than it could be, particularly as it is carried out by country and regional teams, including both the Secretariat and the Co-Sponsors often without coordination. Therefore, we call on the Joint Programme to treat these crises not as isolated incidents, but as a systemic threat to the mission of UNAIDS and the Joint Programme, and to the lives of the people it exists to serve. The Delegation suggests that there should bea comprehensive joint contingency plan, with joint training, and joint evaluation, just as the The Joint Programme would undertake for any other systemic risk. To that end, we request UNAIDS to include in its risk management a plan to deal with political and social crises that impact on the delivery or receipt of HIV prevention services and care to people at risk of HIV, or living with HIV or particular subsets of these populations.
In addition, the NGO delegation welcomes the increased transparency reflected in the audited financial presentation. However, we believe there is scope to futher develop this approach, which in turn would serve as a model for countries who are seeking to improve accountability of their use of AIDS-related resources. To that end we offer the following amendment to the DP:
Encourages UNAIDS to further increase transparency by development of the format used in presenting financial information, to in so doing to further enhance accessibility and understanding of activities and information, including expenses in relation to strategic direction and function.”