Agenda 6: Statement by the representative of the UNAIDS Staff Association
To be delivered by Jeffry Acaba, NGO Delegation Asia-Pacific
Thank you, Chair.
The statement from the UNAIDS Staff Association provides us with a human face on how the people who work under UNAIDS strive to meet the very high demands of the Fast Track Strategy, and for that we would like to express our appreciation.
We share the sentiment of the UNAIDS Staff Association in their concern about the current financial situation. This lack of funding will not only affect the work that the Secretariat does, but also in ensuring the presence of the UNAIDS Secretariat in countries where UNAIDS has been effective in its work. In our case in Asia and the Pacific, UNAIDS Regional Support Team facilitates technical support to young key population groups, sex worker groups, people who use drugs networks, transgender organizations, people living with HIV networks, and civil society organizations working on HIV. In collaboration with UN Co-sponsors, they also play a facilitating role between civil society and governments to enable programme implementation and advocacy for policy change.
The message is clear: we have a new UNAIDS Strategy and we have to fully fund it. We also have to keep the workforce alive in order to deliver these results. In the repositioning exercise, we need to keep the diversity of people at UNAIDS: people living with HIV, people who are part of, have worked for and with key populations, and civil society activists, in both its international and national staffing, in order to ensure that its mandate and work remain grounded in the realities of the communities it wishes to serve.
We heard at the Financing Dialogue and in yesterday’s interventions the commitment of some Member States in their continued support to meet the financial requirements of UNAIDS. In putting the money to where the epidemic is, we ask UNAIDS to ensure a careful and conscious approach in putting the right people with the right capacity to where they are needed, taking into consideration the environments where they can work effectively, for example, in the nationalization of some staff. We support UNAIDS and the Secretariat staff in its efforts to implement the Strategy in order to deliver better results in a faster manner, to meet the Fast Track Targets.