The United Nations Joint Programme on HIV/AIDS
Earlier this year, HelpAge International, Terrence Higgins Trust and AIDS Community Research Initiative of America (ACRIA) spearheaded the writing of a letter to UNAIDS Executive Director, Michel Sidibé, to highlight their concerns over the omission of data on those aged 50 and older in the 2012 UNAIDS Report on the Global AIDS Epidemic.
In support of this initiative, the NGO Delegation sent its own letter to Mr. Sidibé and Dr. Luiz Loures, Deputy Executive Director of Programme. The full letter is below.
UNAIDS launched a two-week online discussion (e-discussion) to engage the public in a conversation about the future of the HIV response in the post-2015 development agenda. This e-discussion generated more than 5,500 page views and 200 comments. The Report is attached for your information and awareness.
UNAIDS is creating a dialogue platform to support effective and meaningful participation of women living with HIV in UNAIDS policy and programmatic dialogues, in particular related to social transformation. In addition, the platform will enable UNAIDS to benefit from the guidance of women living with HIV in regards to key emerging issues faced by women living with HIV. Far from being a public, formally structured initiative, the platform will seek to be a safe space for:
Our European NGO Delegates, Matthew Southwell and Laura Kirkegaard, write about their time in Ukraine.
Europe NGO Delegate, Laura Kirkegaard, visits Convictus, an organization that does great work with few resources in the suburbs of Kiev by offering harm reduction, needle exchange, HIV tests and support groups (Credit: UNAIDS Ukraine)
UNAIDS was the first ever United Nations programme to have civil society formally represented on its governing body – the Programme Coordinating Board (PCB). The NGO Delegation has 10 members from five geographic regions.
In July, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) launched “Together We Will End AIDS” this year’s annual report on the state of AIDS worldwide.
Important in its findings are the shifts in sources and stagnation in investment:
Nadia Rafif, NGO Delegate for Africa, and Rathi Ramanathan, NGO Delegation for Asia-Pacific, in Kibera – the largest informal settlement in Eastern Africa – meeting representatives of networks of people living with HIV, children heading households and HIV discordant couples.
Noting the more complex environment in which UNAIDS must operate and the need to continue to reinforce its joint and innovative nature, the Programme Coordinating Board:
supports the strengthened capacity of the UNAIDS Secretariat, particularly at country level, through the placement of qualified staff in key areas (i.e., facilitation, monitoring and evaluation, social mobilization, brokering partnerships and resource tracking and mobilization), a clarification on the Secretariat functions and position within the United Nations Resident Coordinator System, and effective inclusion of the UNAIDS Country Coordinator as a member of the United Nations Country Team to implement joint programming; it is vital that the individual cosponsors in each country focus on their value added contribution and comparative advantage;