Agenda item 1.4 Report of the Co-sponsors
Delivered by Lumumbah Musah, NGO Africa
Thank you, Chair.
The NGO Delegation welcomes the report of the chair of the committee of co-sponsoring organizations.
We appreciate the spirit of collective action, the delivery of the Joint Program. Your commitment ensuring that no one is left behind cannot be over-emphasized. The bold step taken by UN Women, UNAIDS, UNDP and GNP+ to support a movement, which addresses HIV related legal and policy reforms through a global compact to end stigma and discrimination is well espoused.
We note however that, 35 years into the HIV response, the way we communicate our gains and results should be changed.
It’s not about numbers, but actually lives. Madam Chair, let’s not expect to accelerate results for people when community support systems have no budget, expect to have People living with HIV adhere on treatment while they are hungry, expect people who inject drugs to have needle exchange programs when they don’t have the space and power to negotiate in policy spaces, expect young people to have adequate knowledge on HIV when the primary school completion rate is just 32%. We need empowerment-based reporting, a people-centered approach and an impact-oriented policy and programming.
Madam Chair, it’s high time we change the narrative – I hear “West and Central Africa, Eastern Europe and Central Asia” are regions left behind, including countries like Venezuela, South Sudan, Somalia, Syria and many others. We need to walk the talk of the Catch-Up plans; we need plausible ways that demonstrate how communities are going to be at the center, how capacity of community organizations is being built towards receiving and managing Global Fund grants, addressing human rights violations, shaping country’s needs and plans.
When we read the CCO report we read a lot of process reporting and all of them are very important, but we fail to understand the impact or the outcome that is expected and the outcome achieved. Other than UNHCR’s overview in providing support to 50 emergencies in the year, it is very difficult to see the overall outcome of work done by the individual CCOs. One area which we want to highlight is that the UN Joint Programme should have, by now, developed the capacity and empowered civil society organisations to manage and implement the Global Fund projects in order to ensure that funding goes to those who are most affected in each country.
Ladies and gentlemen, a resilient and effective response is based on meaningful participation of the communities, who, especially when confronted with inequalities, have the capacity to address the risks and vulnerabilities, while everyone else, is on lip service.
…….”As others are plotting to reach the moon, we should strive to reach the villages”….Julius Nyerere