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;
The NGO Delegation recognises that technical support is a function designed to allow countries, including government and civil society, to maximise their investment and engage with best practice and global guidelines in strategically responding to the specific nature of each countries’ HIV epidemic.
We recognize that technical support needs at country level are assessed, funded and delivered by a growing range of providers from UNAIDS, the co-sponsors, donor countries and civil society and that UNAIDS’ key contribution in its convening function to the development of technical support is as a convenor of the different stakeholders at country, regional and global levels.
On behalf of the NGO Delegation I thank Michel for this comprehensive report. We share the concerns that overcoming the HIV/AIDS epidemic remains a challenge. The fact that 50% of people eligible for treatment in low & middle income countries are not getting it is an indicator that if there is no massive scale-up of treatment access NOW it is unlikely that we will achieve the target of putting 15 million people in treatment by 2015.
In this sense, the NGO Delegation fully supports the UNAIDS strategy on promoting local production in countries with emerging economies and the least developed countries. Local production of first line drugs have proved to make them available at low prices without affecting their quality, but now it is necessary to extend the local production to the second and third lines – which requires that the barriers of intellectual properties rights be overcome. Therefore we support the Executive Director’s public calls to postpone the IP transition period for the least developed countries beyond 2016 and we urge UNAIDS to take concrete steps towards assisting the countries to make the full use the TRIPS flexibilities which includes promoting the South-to South knowledge and technology transfer.
In light of the substantial needs for additional support to countries in implementing actions to meet the goals and targets of the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment on HIV/AIDS, the PCB endorses the plans of UNAIDS to expand the provision of technical support at country level, in particular in the areas of monitoring and evaluation, partnership development and resource mobilization.