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Tags: 49th PCB Meeting
Delivered by Jules Kim, Asia and the Pacific Delegate, on behalf of the NGO Delegation
I make this statement on behalf of the NGO Delegation
The world is on the brink of an event horizon of crises: health vs disease & death; human development vs enveloping poverty; human rights vs viscous persecution; gender equality vs a war on women; and climate disaster vs common action for a sustainable planet.
The United Nations, flawed and imperfect as it is, is the best system we have invented for steering our common agenda to a survivable sustainable future rather than one of war, death and planetary destruction. And the Joint Programme, UNAIDS, flawed and imperfect as it is, is the very best vehicle we have invented for our collective struggle to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.
Now is not the time for brinkmanship. For preventing good in the name some imagined perfect. For politics. For playing with millions of lives of people living with and affected by HIV. The world cannot afford for the HIV response, so recently agreed in the High Level Political outcome and the new Global AIDS Strategy, to fail. The world, and in particular our key populations and communities, needs the HIV response; the HIV response, for now perhaps, needs UNAIDS; and UNAIDS needs to be fully funded in order to succeed. It really is this simple.
Yes sure, the response is a global responsibility. But member states sitting in this room, here today, have the data, the knowledge, and the resources to fund UNAIDS, and to ensure its success. We hope, on behalf of all of civil society that you have the political leadership to do so.
A day or two ago young climate activists in Glasgow said, “No more blah, blah, blah”. We don’t think that anything that happens in the joint Programme is blah blah blah. But we do think this brinkmanship on fully funding the budget, is unwarranted, dangerous, and self-defeating to the SDGs more broadly. Funding UNAIDS is a sound investment for donor countries. It produces multiple returns on investment in areas as wide as inequality, gender equality, global heath & health security, and adolescent health and national development of member states.
We urge you, no we beg you, on behalf of our communities. Let us all again step up and put money where our mouths are. Please. Fully fund this UBRAF.
I thank you.
Delivered by Violeta Ross, Latin America and the Caribbean Delegate, on behalf of the NGO Delegation
We are having a dialogue on HIV funding but we are not just anybody, we are the Joint United Program for HIV/AIDS-UNAIDS, the global body for HIV policy making. Nevertheless, we also need to be reminded of what this dialogue means in the real world and this is my reflection for today and especially how this dialogue becomes real for us people living with HIV and for key populations groups.
These days I visited different cities in Bolivia, some more rural than others. I had several meetings to explain the content of national and municipal HIV laws and asked the specific question of how much budget lines for HIV have these laws produced or not.
My learning from these last months is that an HIV law or a policy can only be as a good as its budget line. A budget line is the only way of making this sustainable, accountable and traceable.
The dialogue we are having now, can remain as another zoom meeting unless we make it real with budgets and I mean budgets for the regional and national HIV responses too, we need something concrete that communities can use and implement.
Even more in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, HIV continues to be sent to the oblivion (the land to forget).
As the Joint Program, we have the responsibility to put HIV back in the global development agenda, but not only with speeches in the World AIDS Day, but with budgets. Every World AIDS Day, local health authorities in Bolivia make campaigns of solidarity and speak about condom use, we people with HIV continue to ask the question: How much HIV budget have you planned for next year? And that is the same question I ask all of us.
And please, allow me to remind all of us of the call of the NGO Delegation:
Here are the documents related to the 48th PCB Meeting (7 - 10 December 2021):
Documents of the meeting:
Conference room papers:
Documents are updated as they are uploaded to the UNAIDS 49th PCB website. (updated 15 December 2021, 13:00 CET)
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