June 28, 2016
Agenda 3 Follow up to the thematic segment from the 37th PCB Meeting
To be delivered by Alexandra Volgina, NGO Delegate, Europe
The NGO delegation welcomes the proposed decision points of the 37 Thematic Segment and wants to stress that we are already in the process of implementing them, as the discussion in the previous PCB meeting and thematic segment brought us to yesterday’s Financial Dialogue discussion.
At the 37th PCB, we spoke of the financial crisis as the “elephant in the room”. The previous Thematic stressed that issue and now we are openly talking about it at the table. The NGO Delegation believes that the Financial Dialogue and these DPs are just the beginning of this process, which will facilitate continued and increased international and domestic support to achieve the end of the AIDS epidemic by 2030.
We see from our perspective, the dependency on voluntary donation is not sustainable and possibly we are now in the beginning of creating an emergency fundraising model for the Joint Program to overcome that crisis and to avoid that in future.
We also need to think about new approaches in allocation of resources, as it was said yesterday during the dialogue by some of Member States. We need to review the limitations of the current World Bank definitions of Low Income Country (LIC) and Middle-income country (MIC) as basis for eligibility of countries, as it doesn’t reflect the reality. We must also emphasize that the epidemics in these Middle-Income Countries, as among key populations, and therefore the situation is even more urgent and acute.
We need to make sure that civil society organizations and people living with HIV are meaningfully involved in the financial discussions in the AIDS response, and it is important to continue investing and supporting civil society, including networks of people living with HIV and key populations, to enhance their essential role in fast tracking the AIDS response.
We need to develop a plan to ensure the sustainability of key elements which may less likely to be supported within national funding, e.g., services performed by and for key populations, advocacy for enabling environment, and engagement and representation of community voices, using the principles of GIPA.
Let us continue these discussions on HIV financing and transition planning for a programmatic and financially sustainable AIDS response. Thank you.