Agenda Item 3 – Update on the AIDS Response in the Post 2015 Development Agenda
Delivered by Alessandra Nilo, Latin America and the Caribbean NGO Delegate
The promise was that “no one will be left behind”. But during the negotiations we witnessed the growth of conservative forces at the UN to the detriment of sexual rights, gender identity, recognition of the rights of people who use drugs, gays, lesbians, transgender and sex workers. This means that these people – our people, friends, daughters, sons, parents and family members – ‘your’ key populations, who historically have been left behind, will continue to be so, because at this point of the UN history, there is still a dangerous disconnection between HIV, development and human rights.
We are also concerned with the Secretary General’s report, which, according to the Post 2015 report received support from the UNAIDS Secretariat through the UN System Interagency Task Team on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (UNTT). Although it referred to at least some of our key populations and mentioned once the LGBT population. However, it did not mention the right to health, whereas the right to education, and a few other rights, are mentioned. It is concerning too, specially in a moment when relevant discussions are happening about how the global governance for health can be moved from governance by states towards governance by partnership in the Post-2015 process. We are curious to know what is the UNAIDS position on this, considering the complexity of this theme.
As we stated in the last PCB, in terms of strategy, we still would like to have UNAIDS engaging actively in the debate about the Means of Implementation, accountability, governance financing and partnerships,. These areas are key for HIV.
In the last PCB, for instance, we recommended that the OWG outcome document include a target to promote partnerships between the UN, governments and civil society. We got it, somehow (it is the 17.17) And this is why it will be important that the Joint Program and Member States advocate for including indicators to measure the existence of an enabling legal environment for civil society work and also accounts for the implementation of resources, especially for advocacy work.
The Report of the Unaids Financing Dialogue stressed that the post-2015 debate provides a not-to-be-missed opportunity to emphasize HIV as an entry point for social transformation in the broader health and development agenda. However, it does not suggest that UNAIDS should take a leadership role in the debates on how to finance the SDG agenda. In our delegation’s perspective It is an urgent matter: the III Conference for Financing a Sustainable development will happen in July, 2015 in Addis Ababa and we want to make sure that UNAIDS is actively and visibly engaged in this process.
Finally, the delegation sees also that the proposed Fast Track update on our strategy will be essential to guide UNAIDS activities towards a meaningful HIV High Level meeting in 2016. This should be a priority theme in the next PCB. As you are aware, our delegation is following closely both the SDG and Addis Ababa processes but we are still looking forward to be involved in planning for the 2016 HLM. We learned from past experiences that we can’t wait too long. Time is running fast.