Agenda Item 2 – Leadership in the AIDS Response (Ambassador Satur, Denmark)
Delivered by Bryan Teixeira, Europe NGO Delegate
“On behalf of the NGO Delegation, I would like to thank Ambassador Staur for his vision and for his commitment to ensuring the UN family remains vibrant and responsive in our changing world. As the balance of power shifts with the emergence of new political and economic alliances, as traditional donor funds shrink, the UN family needs to be able to adapt especially in the ways it provides assistance to member states.
In order to ensure a sustainable future, we need to work collaboratively with others, in both old and new alliances. The AIDS response is a good example of the kinds of innovative partnerships we need to pursue. The response may have been unique, but it needs to become more commonplace. We must build on this past experience.
Our response includes people living with HIV as well as AIDS advocates, working together, at the same table, to advance frontiers on sexual and reproductive health and sexual rights, access to medicines, social protection, trade, and proven practices in accountability. This collaborative movement has been able to catalyse positive social change, and generate novel governance and financing mechanisms at national and international levels. It is changing the way health systems function and how health services are delivered and producing evidence that tackling the determinants of HIV risk and vulnerability is key to healthier, more equitable, more humane and more secure societies.
We hope this model will also extend sooner than later to produce partnerships for the development of essential drugs that are more transparent, with meaningful participation of those most affected, and aimed at ensuring the sustainability of national health systems.
In conclusion, the NGO Delegation notes the strong referencing of the role of partnerships in Conference Room Paper 3 on the UNAIDS Financing Dialogue. The Delegation would like to affirm that we are committed to working in partnership with the Joint Programme to help develop solutions that ensure the Joint Programme and its work remain vibrant and relevant. This current time, like the times behind us, is filled with challenges and problems, and we believe a vibrant and sustainable UNAIDS is needed now as much as ever.”