Our Mission, Vision, and Code of Conduct
To bring to the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board the perspectives and expertise of people living with, at risk of, vulnerable to, marginalized by, and affected by HIV and AIDS, as well as civil society and nongovernmental entities actively involved in the response, in order to ensure that their human rights, and equitable, gender-sensitive access to comprehensive HIV prevention, treatment, care, and support services are reinforced by the policies, programmes, strategies and actions of the Joint Programme and Co-Sponsors.
We accomplish our Mission by actively:
1. Seeking broad input from civil society
We seek input from the broader active HIV and AIDS civil society community and, in particular, the regional constituencies we represent, on relevant PCB issues in advance of PCB meetings in a timely manner.
2. Increasing participation of PLHIV
We advocate for and lobby the UNAIDS Secretariat, Member States and Cosponsor organizations for the greater participation and meaningful involvement of PLHIV and civil society in every phase of the development, implementation and evaluation of their AIDS policies and programmes.
3. Helping to set the agenda
We bring forward, advocate for and lobby for the inclusion of the issues, problems, perspectives and needs of PLHIV and those most at risk of HIV in the agendas of PCB meetings.
4. Studying documents
We read, analyze, seek broad civil society input on, and strategize about the documents related to and in preparation for meetings and working groups in a timely manner.
5. Lobbying other PCB colleagues
We strategically meet with, lobby, and confer with Member States, Cosponsors and the Secretariat to advance our agenda.
6. Recruiting and mentoring new Delegates
We recruit the best, most representative NGO Delegates to serve on the PCB and we share our experiences on the PCB so that they may quickly learn to participate in it most effectively.
7. Collaborating with observer NGOs
We invite observer NGOs attending PCB meetings to join us in order to give input, collaborate, and strategize with us so that we may be most effective.
8. Participating in working groups
We participate in our fair share of working groups, steering committees, and other ad hoc groups on key issues, policies, and the Delegation’s business.
9. Attending meetings
We attend and actively participate in PCB meetings, pre-planning meetings, and orientation meetings.
10. Reporting back to civil society
We report the outcomes of our work on the PCB to the broader civil society after PCB meetings in a timely manner.
We envision a world where all stakeholders—civil society, governments and international bodies—meet the challenges of the global AIDS epidemic together by combining their collective effort to generate creative, equitable, holistic and effective policies and solutions that lead to a world free of AIDS.
We agree that, regardless of our particular backgrounds and fields of expertise, we support the following principles in all our work to achieve our Mission:
1. Involvement of PLHIV
We support the dignity of and involvement of people living with HIV including the principles stated in the Denver Principles and the Paris Declaration’s statement on the greater involvement of people living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA principle).
2. Human rights
We support the provision of and protection of the human rights of all people.
We do not discriminate against anyone regardless of his or her skin colour, religion, sexual preference, gender, education, culture or country of origin.
4. Inclusion of those most at-risk of HIV infection and, especially, marginalized populations affected by HIV
We encourage the active participation of, inclusion of the perspectives of, and candid discussions about:
- People living with HIV
- Gay men and other men who have sex with men
- People who use/inject drugs
- Sex workers
- Women and girls
- Transgender people
- Prisoners and former prisoners
- Orphans and vulnerable children
- Migrant workers (and immigrants)
- Indigenous persons
- Displaced populations and refugees
- Young people
5. Gender equality
We support the equal rights of women.
6. Evidence informed
We support prevention strategies informed by scientific evidence not ideology.
7. Public health
We support strategies that place public health and welfare above commercial, financial and political considerations.
Code of Conduct
We agree that, while working together as a Delegation to achieve our Mission, we:
1. Respect diversity and are culturally sensitive
We welcome and honor our differences—gender, racial, sexual, life-style, and personal history—and endeavor to continually deepen our understanding of each other’s cultures.
2. Foster a culture of inclusion
We encourage each other to be fully and naturally ourselves and we welcome each other as equal partners.
3. Co-lead and work together as a team
We, variously, take the lead, encourage each other to lead, and co-lead, making all crucial decisions by a consensus process.
4. Value each other’s knowledge and skills
We seek each other’s specific area(s) of expertise in the pandemic and we encourage each other to employ and share their skills.
5. Maintain integrity, professionalism and a high standard of ethics
We are honest, friendly, and collegial with each other.
6. Create a safe space for open dialogue
Because we believe that every voice matters, we encourage each other’s candor, invite constructive and respectful disagreement, and do not attack those who disagree.
7. Communicate clearly and considerately
We speak clearly, slowly, and concisely, and we are considerate of those for whom English is a second language.
8. Respect confidentiality
We will not share any of our personal information we share confidentially.
9. Actively participate and contribute to the best of our abilities
10. Engage passionately
We welcome each other’s personal perspectives on the pandemic and welcome their passion.
11. Are accountable to ourselves, each other, the PCB, and broader civil society
We hold ourselves and each other accountable and take ownership of our failures.