Opening remarks at the 2016-2021 UNAIDS Unified Budget Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) consultations
Delivered by Laurel Sprague, North America NGO Delegate
As NGO members of the board, much of our public work – for example, our interventions during the PCB – involves linking the theories, practices, and intentions of the HIV response to their consequences for people and communities on the ground. This is the work that many of you see us do at the PCB. This is critical and part of the reason that there are NGO seats on the UNAIDS PCB.
Dear colleagues and friends
UNAIDS is in the process of updating and extending it’s current 2011-2015 strategy towards fast-tracked (90-90-90) targets for the period of 2016-2021 with the goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030. The years between 2016 and 2021 are hoped be pivotal in turning tides on the epidemic. As such, UNAIDS is hosting a variety of consultations to gather ideas and recommendations from a diverse set of stakeholders.
By Jeffry Acaba, Asia-Pacific NGO Delegate
To ensure the meaningful involvement of key populations and making their voices count in the development of the updated UNAIDS Strategy 2016-2021, UNAIDS conducted a series of consultations coinciding with the Asia-Pacific Intergovernmental Meeting on HIV/AIDS (IGM on HIV) in the last week of January 2015. The consultations sought to explore regional perspectives and priorities on what it would take to achieve the Fast Track targets, including the 90-90-90, particularly in the Asian and the Pacific contexts.
Thank you, Madame Chair.
The NGO Delegation would like to highlight the relevance of Strategic Investment Framework (SIF) as it was referenced several times during the thematic segment yesterday on Combination Prevention.
The NGO Delegation appreciated his Excellency Ambassador Mboya’s willingness to dialogue on issues concerning civil society’s role in the SIF, capacity needs, alignment of initiatives and approaches to community mobilization and community-led delivery of programs and costs. We would like to highlight that community mobilization is essential in all aspects of HIV response; however, community mobilization will only work if there is sufficient investment in programmes for communities that critically enable them, including those programmes that inform communities of their rights related to HIV (prevention, treatment and non-discrimination) and help them to organize and demand improved HIV services and policy.
We welcome the recently developed tool “A people-centered investment tool toward ending AIDS”. We support its principles that are at the foundation of the framework notably:
The PCB encouraged the Secretariat and the Cosponsors to make use of planned regional fora, global conferences and governing bodies to consult broadly with governments and NGOs in the development of the UN System Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS. The PCB further encouraged interested countries to actively support and facilitate the consultation process.
The PCB requested an update on the development of the UN System Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS at its next regular annual session and a full discussion at a PCB thematic meeting to be held in late 2000.
The PCB encouraged the Secretariat and the Cosponsors to intensify their efforts towards developing a UN System Strategic Plan for HIV/AIDS for the years 2001-2005, detailing how the UN system will articulate a global strategy and support countries to intensify their national responses.
Requests that the strategy include an estimate of those costs covered by the existing mandates and budgets of the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors, along with those aspects, including technical support provided by civil society, which require further resources