The PCB further recommended that the findings of the five-year evaluation of UNAIDS, the implications of the implementation of the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment, and the work of UNAIDS in relation to the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria be taken into consideration, as appropriate, in developing the next Unified Budget and Workplan.
The PCB recommended that the next Unified Budget and Workplan be more user-friendly and reflect lessons learned from the current exercise, and that its results-based character be further strengthened by linking resources to results without breaking down the different types of expenditures. The PCB noted that a number of delegations expressed the wish to have more detailed information about Cosponsor activities and resource allocations at country level.
The PCB took note of the key principles of the current Unified Budget and Workplan, included in the document Development of a UNAIDS Unified Budget and Workplan (UNAIDS/PCB (12)/02/ INF.DOC.4), and reaffirmed these for the next biennium (2004–2005).
The PCB endorses UNAIDS negotiation of a direct loan with the Swiss Government for its share of the construction costs for premises for its headquarters in Geneva, i.e., CHF27.5 million, on the understanding that if UNAIDS’ share were likely to exceed by more than 10% of the aforementioned amount, further consultation would be sought from the PCB. The negotiations will be held in close cooperation with the World Health Organization, which will share in the costs of construction.
The PCB wishes to thank the Swiss Government for its continuing support of UNAIDS in the form of a proposed interest-free loan for the construction of a building to house the UNAIDS Secretariat. It also wishes to thank the Republic and Canton of Geneva for its continuing support and hospitality to UNAIDS.
The PCB noted the Information Note, UNAIDS Premises: Status and Next Steps (UNAIDS/PCB(12)/INF.DOC.3), acknowledging that the plans for UNAIDS to be housed in a specially built premises will assist the efficiency of the Programme’s operations in Geneva.