Agenda 5: UBRAF Implications of Budget Shortfall
By Trevor Stratton
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
The NGO Delegation welcomes the 2 interim update reports on the UBRAF as requested at the last UNAIDS PCB.
In the eyes of community, the budget shortfall of the Joint Programme currently represents the destabilization of the Joint Program and reads like a scary story. It is unacceptable that we should view this situation as the new normal. and tThe NGO Delegation once again calls for Member States to fully commit the Joint Programme and to be accountable to fully funding the UBRAF.
Unfortunately, the fast-track response may not truly be achieved as the frontloading of the response has not yet materialized. Therefor, the NGO Delegation fully supports the convening of the Multi-stakeholder Review Panel to make recommendations toward a revised business model.
UNAIDS is the only UN programme created primarily to focus on the HIV response and remains highly relevant: when the world needs a global push to meet the 3.3 SDG Target of Ending AIDS by 2030 – and is even more important in a context when HIV is no longer placed at the center of global concerns. UNAIDS drives the global AIDS agenda through leadership and advocacy at the global, regional and national levels, by generating data for impact to create the most detailed picture of any global health epidemic and response.
UNAIDS not only promotes the rights of people living with HIV but also acts as a resource corridor for bringing the voices of civil society together and linking them with governments, which increases trust, rapport and connections between governments and civil society.
UNAIDS has the unique ability to work toward consensus on policies amongst conservative and non-conservative Member States alike; developing targets that the global community call all work towards.
We are confident that, while being so close to the eradication of AIDS, we need a stronger UNAIDS than ever before for the final push. In order to get there from here, UNAIDS needs to reshape its approach to donors, to communities and governments and to become even more bold working toward providing data that leaves no doubt about how important it is to keep UNAIDS operative and actively responding to defeat this epidemic.