40th PCB Meeting
Agenda 1.3 ED Report
Delivered by Sonal Mehta, Asia-Pacific Delegate
Thank you Chairperson for the opportunity.
It is more than clear to everyone that the HIV response will neither runs on the charisma and brilliance of any one individual, nor on the commitment of only a few organisations or countries. For an epidemic as complex as this, the response has to be multi-sectoral, multi-layered and based on multi-partnership. But the most important aspect in a complex partnership is to be able to emphasize the unique measurable position of each of the actors. One of the most critical calls we as an NGO Delegation would like to make is that UNAIDS provides us with appropriate language and messaging on the unique contribution of the Joint Programme in the global architecture of the AIDS response, to ensure coherence in the communication from the Secretariat, Co-sponsors, Member States and at the community level. We, the strong allies on the ground, need these tools when we talk to our communities.
UNAIDS has provided targets for the HIV programme that the world chases after. These targets provide momentum to donors and member states, but it is most critical in the current situation to ensure that the Joint Programme is able to articulate its unique positions, the convening power and the political clout it holds that lubricates the investments made by other actors. It is imperative for the Joint Programme to clearly articulate its own contribution to the same effort, not only in terms of numbers, but in terms of quality.
Globally, the HIV response is known for its capacity to empower people, listen to the most affected communities and putting them in the driver’s seat. In the present situation, there is great concern that the focus of the key actors in the Joint Programme partnership, is more on their reduced capacity as organizations, rather than on how these changes affect the communities we serve. As guardians of the global response, we request the UNAIDS Secretariat most importantly, objectively and dispassionately evaluate the reasons for the current financial crisis and learn lessons from it for the future.
#THEUNAIDSWENEED is capable of learning from the past and venturing forth into the non-conventional future for the betterment of the communities we serve.