The PCB noted with appreciation the Progress Report on UNAIDS Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan (Document UNAIDS/PCB(4)/97.5) and the Report of the PCB Working Group on Indicators and Evaluation (Document UNAIDS/PCB(4)/97.5 Add.1). The PCB approved the Secretariat’s request for two additional posts, one in the professional category and one in the general service category, and reallocation of an existing professional post, as contained in the Proposed Budget and Workplan for 1998-1999. It requested that the Secretariat present a comprehensive Performance Monitoring and Evaluation Plan to the PCB at its next regular annual session. The PCB recommended that UNAIDS work closely with the Cosponsors in monitoring and evaluating UN system responses to HIV/AIDS at all levels. It further recommended that, having completed its work, the PCB Working Group on Indicators and Evaluation cease to function and that a broad-based technical advisory group be created, including membership drawn from governmental and non-governmental organizations. The terms of reference of the technical advisory group should enable it to assist in maintaining the momentum established by the PCB Working Group, as well as providing technical support.
Recognizing the mandate of UNAIDS to monitor the trend of the epidemic and also the need for the Secretariat to be accountable, it recommends that the Secretariat:
12.1 Proceed with parts of the plan that are implementable immediately.
The PCB supports efforts of the Secretariat to put a monitoring and evaluation plan in place. It recognizes this as a matter of urgency and notes that further work needs to be done as soon as possible to finalize an implementable plan of action. It requests that the Secretariat report back on this issue at the next meeting of the PCB.
The PCB requested that the Secretariat report annually on progress made in the further development and implementation of the Monitoring and Evaluation Plan as a part of the Executive Director’s Report to the PCB.
The PCB encouraged national governments to strengthen their monitoring and evaluation efforts and to intensify collaboration with the UNAIDS Cosponsors and Secretariat in reporting regularly on the status and response to the global epidemic.