Agenda Item 6. Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF)
Delivered by Aditia Taslim, NGO Asia and the Pacific
Greater and meaningful involvement of people living with HIV at all levels is critical and is the key to ending AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
We have seen the achievement on getting to more than half of people living with HIV on treatment; and we have the target of a quarter for prevention because it is key to ending AIDS – though it remains underfunded. These, however, will not further advance without adequate investment that focuses on community-led initiatives.
We acknowledge the performance in this report, showcasing the achievement, challenges and way forward of the Joint Programme. Also, we welcome the implementation of the new model of country envelopes. We know it requires more improvement but, in the long run, we believe that this process will provide a lot of opportunities for the Joint Programme to address country-specific challenges and barriers.
Therefore we have two specific concerns. One is the need to have increased financial resources for the country envelopes; the second is that there has been very little engagement of key populations and civil society in the planning process. Perhaps there was a rush and overgeneralization to respond to the mandate of the Joint Programme, rather than the needs of the most-affected populations. We strongly request clear guidelines for engagement of civil society in planning the country envelopes in order to guarantee the meaningful involvement of the key populations, including women, youth, people on the move and others in the process. For example, we are aware that in India the entire UBRAF is spent on one state intervention rather than using it for catalysing reponses at the central level. In Brazil, the CSOs did not participate in the definition of how the country envelope funds will be allocated.
We cannot pretend that we are responding to the needs of key populations, including women, when we don’t even have enough data on specific populations and when we do not involve them in the processes. People who inject drugs, Indigenous Peoples, and transgender persons, for instance, have been left out in the prevention roadmap reported by many countries. This lack of data is what continuously leaves us behind.
How many more people who use drugs do we want to kill or throw into prison?
How much more money do we want to spend on arresting people who use drugs and eradicating drug use?
While evidence clearly shows cost-efficiency compared to public health approach.
Can we be honest? The war on drugs is a war on people! How many more transgender persons should be killed because of their gender identity?
How many more transgender persons do we want to persecute and humiliate in public? How many more times do we need to remind you that our community is dying due to the lack of political will to do what works?
We need to STOP PRETENDING that we are on our way to ending AIDS if we cannot protect basic rights and if we continue to fail in putting faces to the numbers.
42% of the 96 countries that have shown progress in addressing ONLY one law or policy that presents a barrier to delivering HIV services. This is NOT enough. The #UNAIDSWeNeed must invest more than only 6.5% to address structural barriers on human rights, stigma and discrimination. We are calling all leaders of the Member States, to stop pretending that we are achieving the end of AIDS.