40th PCB Meeting
Agenda 3: Refined operating model of the United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)
Trevor Stratton, NGO North America
Thank you, Mr. Chair.
First of all, let me repeat that 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. Thank you to the team who put together the report on the Refined Operating Model, taking into account the recommendations of the review.
The report shows that we can embrace change at the Joint Programme in a world that is rapidly changing. Now we have a strategy that is anchored on Agenda 2030 and is organized around the SDGs’ multidisciplinary approach. Intersectionality is key.
But I can tell you that all of the information contained within the model about financing and accountability, joint working and governance, can be challenging to digest and translate to our community, many of whom are traditional supporters and indispensable partners of UNAIDS.
We would ask that the Joint Programme, in cooperation with civil society, to develop easy to understand advocacy tools, explaining what you do, and what is the added value of UNAIDS in the context of so many changes at the global, regional and country levels. We need easy to understand info-graphics, presentations and sound bites because with clear messages, we can mobilize communities to promote, support and work with UNAIDS, especially as we enhance a holistic approach to funding the global AIDS architecture.
As we work in our countries, we realise that when the Joint Programme and communities work together, we are able to bring about change not only in the country’s domestic allocation, but also in policies and laws. A good example is the legal acceptance of Third Gender in India. Civil Society can strongly encourage our governments to support UNAIDS and the UN system overall, from donor countries to implementing countries, and everyone in between, to mobilize and allocate resources to enable the Joint Programme to deliver on the UNAIDS Strategy within a fully-funded AIDS response, something that we can hold up as an example to other UN agencies and programmes in the SDG era.