The PCB urges UNAIDS and its development partners to further strengthen the links between the areas of child health, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and HIV/AIDS so as to improve the effectiveness of poverty reduction strategies.
The PCB supports the need to focus efforts on strengthening national capacity to coordinate and implement responses to HIV/AIDS, and for improved coordination among donors and governments, including greater harmony with the UN system. In addition, the PCB recognizes the need to strengthen the ability of UNAIDS to fulfil its role at country level.
The PCB urges that intensified action be undertaken in the Asia and Pacific region by UNAIDS, in light of an HIV/AIDS epidemic which, despite current low prevalence levels in many countries, is likely to grow dramatically in the absence of an expanded response.
The PCB decides that the 15th meeting of the PCB will take place on 23-24 June 2004 in Geneva. The PCB further decides in principle that the 16th PCB meeting will be held on 14-15 December 2004, place to be confir med; that the 17th PCB meeting will be held on 28-29 June 2005 in Geneva; that the 18th PCB meeting will be held on 27-28 June 2006 in Geneva and that the 19th PCB meeting will be held on 12-13 December 2006, place to be confirmed.
The PCB takes note of the effort to update the UN System Strategic Plan 2001-2005 and encourages the UNSSP participating agencies to continue to update their plans to ensure greater relevance and response of the UN’s action in support of national efforts.
Memorandum of Understanding between UNAIDS and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria
The PCB recognizes the financial and human resources being devoted by UNAIDS in support of countries to access additional resources and implement programmes as well as in support of the Global Fund. It urges that the additional demands that this places on UNAIDS be borne in mind in decisions concerning contributions to UNAIDS. It notes that the proposed UBW for 2004-2005 includes provisions for continuing this support, which should remain a central part of UNAIDS’ work during the next biennium.