40th PCB Meeting
Agenda 3. Refined Operating Model
Jeffry P. Acaba, NGO Asia Pacific
Thank you, Chair.
The NGO Delegation appreciates the effort of preparing the final report of the Global Review Panel and the recommendations that it puts forward to the Joint Programme. We thank the Co-Convenors of the Global Review Panel, UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibe, and the former UNDP Administrator, Helen Clark, for the guidance in establishing the Panel, and most importantly, Co-Chairs Health Minister Dr. Awa Coll-Seck and Amb. Lennarth who led such dynamic and forward-looking members to ensure that the conversations within the Panel are critical and relevant.
Our delegation also appreciates the effort jointly made by the CCO and the Secretariat in coming up with the Joint Programme Action Plan. But at the same time, we share the sentiments of our constituencies and we are curious and concerned on whether this refinement of the Joint Programme truly will, at the end of the day, serve populations and communities. Will this revised operating model move people with technical expertise to unknot the bottlenecks in commodity supply where our fellow people living with HIV are waiting for the next delivery of ARV due to stock outs? Will this joint plan of action make UNAIDS enhance its work in making governments accountable to their commitments to the 2016 Political Declaration and push regional UN commissions to put HIV back into the agenda? Will these innovative funding allocations enable key populations to survive and thrive in places where they are criminalized?
As we endorse the UNAIDS Joint Programme Action plan and look forward to its updates at the 41st PCB, we request the Joint Programme to report back a clear resource mobilization plan with specific targets for monitoring. As the NGO Delegation, we are also very interested to know how this Revised Operating Model will support community-led responses and community engagement at the country level.
In that same vein, we need to remind UNAIDS of its unique contribution in light of changing socio-economic and political landscapes, that in scenarios when financial institutions leave the countries due to specific eligibility requirements, UNAIDS will be left behind. Therefore, UNAIDS must revive and reinforce its political role as part of the UN system, in working with communities and the populations it serves, which is to make Member States accountable to its commitments. That is the value of the UNAIDS, and that is the UNAIDS we need. Thank you.