Thus, while the PCB will continue to support selected international meetings and initiatives, it recommended that the report of this meeting reflect its collective concern that the initiatives for which UNAIDS is expected to be the driving force are: limited in number; strategic in focus; and designed to support broader, more effective country level action.
As the governing board of UNAIDS, it is the responsibility of the PCB to help the Secretariat and Cosponsors focus their energies in the areas and at the levels where they will make the most difference. In the view of the PCB, this is clearly at country level.
Two possible dates for the eleventh meeting of the PCB were proposed: 29-31 May 2001 and 4-6 July 2001. The PCB expressed a preference for the dates in May 2001. However, recognizing the pressure this places on the Secretariat, the PCB requested the Executive Director of UNAIDS to identify dates in June 2001, acknowledging that the next meeting of the PCB must be held before the UN General Assembly Special Session on HIV/AIDS. The Chairperson, in consultation with the Vice-Chairperson, will take a decision on the final dates of the PCB and inform all PCB members in writing before 31 January 2001.
The PCB recommends that governments consider the request of the NGO representative to include representatives of the NGO community and of persons living with HIV/AIDS on their delegations to the Special Session.
The PCB noted that the UN General Assembly Session on HIV/AIDS provides a unique opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen global commitment to intensify action against HIV/AIDS. In order to enrich and guide the discussions and outcomes, it called for the active participation at the highest level, of governments, UN system and other international organizations, NGOs and Foundations in the preparatory processes.
The PCB encouraged the Secretariat, the Cosponsors and other UN organizations to continue to work together to identify gaps and priority areas in the UN system support to country responses and to jointly define roles and responsibilities to address those gaps as part of the finalization of the Strategic Plan.