This year’s NGO Delegation annual report to the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) addresses the worsening impact of reductions in funding for HIV on civil society, including people living with HIV and key populations. It is based on a review of evidence and case studies by constituents of the NGO Delegation. The report covers the realities of decreased bilateral and multi-lateral funding for and national investment in HIV and explores the impacts on civil society and its critical programmatic and advocacy contributions to responses to HIV. In its report, the NGO Delegation calls on UNAIDS to look at how decreased funding for HIV is impacting UNAIDS strategies’ and its ability to meet the goals of the 2011 Political Declaration.
Requests UNAIDS to report to the 33rd PCB, drawing on the relevant UBRAF indicators, describing progress on the coordination of technical support across all stakeholders. The Secretariat should provide interim progress reports on this unfolding piece of work to the PCB Bureau allowing for accountability in this challenging but critical area to the HIV response;
Calls for UNAIDS to explore the rationale and options for establishing a Virtual Steering Group on technical support based on the lessons learned, including from the Global Implementation Support Team (GIST) that includes all stakeholders in technical support including representatives from the global south and civil society. This should be a light touch mechanism that reinforces country priorities;
Urges UNAIDS to exercise its convening role to facilitate a more strategic, country driven, and better coordinated technical support, in light of the multiple number of technical support mechanisms that can be brought to bear to support country needs, the changing economic environment, the work of the Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, the emphasis on priority countries within the UNAIDS Strategy, and the wide range of Technical Support needs which can be unique to each country;
Considers that technical support should be in consultation with country partners. Technical support should be planned and carried out in consultation with national governments and aligned with national plans and priorities consistent with the principles of the Three Ones;