Agenda 4.2 UBRAF
To be delivered by Ferenc Bagyinszky, Europe delegate, NGO Delegation
Thank you, Chair.
And thanks to the Secretariat for presenting the performance and financial report. On behalf of the NGO Delegation, I would like to acknowledge the work of UNAIDS, the Secretariat and all the partners in the Joint Program for their work and the efforts to maximize the performance in this challenging financial environment.
Having said that, the NGO Delegation, and the constituencies we represent: communities living with and most affected by HIV, and civil society in a broader sense is watching with growing concern the funding crisis of the Joint Program, one of the elephants in the room.
The UNAIDS Strategy for 2016-2021, approved by this Board, aspires to put the HIV-response on a fast track and now is threatened to be derailed due to lack of adequate and sustainable funding.
I could list endless examples of the costs of non-proper financing of the AIDS response from my region: a government admittedly forgetting to call for public bids in HIV prevention, forcing to shut down successful prevention programs that have been in place for decades. International donors such as the GF leaving a country, leaving a huge funding gap behind, resulting in stock-outs of HIV treatment or complete disappearance of harm reduction services.
And I am sure that my colleagues from the NGO Delegation, and our NGO observes have their own dear lists, the price of which is not measured in dollars or euros, but in people’s lives and health.
And so will be measured the price of non-action now: lost lives and health of people. Our communities.
The question whether the strategy is too ambitious has been asked several times, including here, during this PCB meeting. From our point of view, the answer is crystal clear: no, it is not too ambitious; it is the right thing to do. We have all the means, now we need leadership commitment, as it is our obligation to fully fund all pillars of the response, program and activities that can realize the objectives of the strategy and we can end AIDS by 2030.
We call all member states, international organizations and the private sector to act now and fully fund all instruments of the AIDS response, including communities of key populations who have always and will always be there for one another.