UNAIDS Guidance for Partnerships with Civil Society, including PLHIV & Key Populations
UNAIDS has published the much anticipated guidance for partnerships with civil society, including people living with HIV (PLHIV) and key populations. The guidance came from a recommendation of the Second Independent Evaluation of UNAIDS to the UNAIDS Board in December 2009, with the aim of developing a shared vision and common approach to engagement with civil society by the UNAIDS Secretariat and Cosponsors.
The NGO Delegation welcomes the creation of the guidance, as the NGO Delegation has pushed for its development since the December 2009 board decision. The Delegation, throughout the writing process, tried to ensure that the document properly addressed engagement at all levels and across Cosponsors and included capacity-building and a commitment to PLHIV and key populations. However, better indicators and practical assessment measures still need to be identified and developed in UNAIDS Budget, Results and Accountability Framework to ensure strong monitoring.
The Delegation will continue to work with the UNAIDS Board to ensure that the partnership guidance meets the intent of the original decision point to have a coherent, measurable way of working with civil society. If you know of any forthcoming meetings or conferences at which the distribution of or a workshop detailing the guidance would be possible, please contact the Delegation with suggestions.
UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights Releases Statement & Recommendations on the Global Fund and the Crisis of HIV Funding
In late January, the UNAIDS Reference Group on HIV and Human Rights published a statement on the NGO Delegation’s website entitled “The Global Fund and the Crisis of HIV Funding — A Severe Setback for HIV and Human Rights: Statement and Recommendations”. In it, the Reference Group calls the cancellation of the 11th round “an abrogation of legally grounded human rights obligations” and offers several recommendations including a request to the UNAIDS Secretariat and Board to “be strong, vocal and consistent advocates for the restoration and increase of financial support to the global AIDS response, including to the Global Fund as one of its main financing mechanisms.”
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