Agenda item 1.3 Report of the Executive Director
Delivered by Trevor Stratton, NGO North America
Thank you very much Madame Chair,
And thanks also to Michel for your support for the expansion of community-led, people-centred approaches to reaching the 90-90-90 targets.
The NGO Delegation is alarmed at the fact that, while we have less than a thousand days remaining to the 2020 Fast-Track milestone, the financial resources available to UNAIDS fall short by about 27% with about half of people living with HIV accessing treatment.
Where is the missing quarter for prevention to reduce new infections?
What is the real picture of how many with access to treatment are truly retained in care?
Where’s the funding for the UNAIDS we need? Getting to Zero? Not with zero funding.
Zero equals ZERO.
Can we really continue to believe that we will meet our targets for 2020 (which is just around the corner) with the slow pace of resources and Member States’ lack of responses to calls for enhancing partnerships and creating enabling environments for people living with HIV, people on the move, women and key populations? Meanwhile, stigma still stands in the way of progress the world over.
Business as usual is not acceptable and the NGO Delegation welcomes the establishment of the Office of Innovation. However we wait early to hear more about it and invitation to engage with the same. Only through transparency will UNAIDS build respect and trust and be able to promote the “solidarity of inclusion.”
For UNAIDS to continue working efficiently with limited resources, it needs to be able to expand its solidarity with the community response and reach out to wider groups of constituencies, particularly those who are left behind, such as people on the move, Indigenous Peoples and trans communities. We need to be able to follow the natural and rapid evolution of managing strategic information towards the use of technology that can better communicate UNAIDS’ work with specific populations such as young people, people who are living remotely, people with language barriers, etc. Many young people and other populations over the world are no longer willing to read through a 150-page document (or even a 5-page document) in a language that they do not use in their daily lives.
So how do we communicate the important achievements and the remaining challenges to the new generation of technology savvy activists and advocates in the modern world of fake news and alternative facts?
We need to restore the trust through transparency and communicate better through innovation to the complexities and unprecedented challenges that continue to overshadow our work. During this age of the #MeToo global movement focusing on performance and the improved quality of life for ALL people around the world, especially for those continually left behind the #UNAIDSWeNeed should stop doing business as usual and keep our commitments to the end of AIDS.