20 Dec 2016

Communities Delegations Speak Out: Webinar Summary and Recording

Earlier this week GNP+ hosted an informational teleconference with civil society representatives from the UNAIDS PCB, Global Fund and UNITAID community board delegations who are on the front line of shaping global HIV policy during a time marked by diminishing financial resources and radically shifting ideological and political agendas.

The call, which was attended by over 50 community activists and advocates from around the world, featured Meg Davis, former human rights advisor at the Global Fund and a current scholar in residence at the NYU center for Human Rights and Global Justice as well as EriKa Castellanos the founder and director of CNE+ Belize and a Member of the NGO Delegation of the UNAIDS PCB, Violeta Ross of the Bolivian Network of People Living with HIV and Board Member of the Communities Delegation to UNITAID, Maurine Murenga of ICW and an alternate member of the Communities Delegation of the Global Fund and Raoul Fransen-dos Santos of International Civil Society Support and a member of the Communities Delegation of the Global Fund.

The speakers discussed key events, deliberations and decisions made during the most recent UNAIDS PCB, Global Fund and UNITAID board meetings. They also spoke about how their efforts will advance the critical bilateral and multilateral funding, policy and strategic direction discussions that will impact the future health, safety and wellbeing of all people living with HIV globally in 2017.

Additional highlights from the call include discussions about:

  • What community members can do to ensure that the procedures, policies and investments made by the Global Fund, UNITAID and UNAIDS remain truly responsive to community demands.
  • How the Communities Delegations of UNITAID and the UNAIDS PCB are pushing their boards to come up with more progressive institutional policies on intellectual property rights to enable more ambitious access to medicines initiatives for people living with HIV in middle income countries.
  • How ambitious rhetoric coupled with low levels of financing and commitment to advance the rights of key populations from many donors is contributing to an uncertain future for global health in 2017.
  • How activists and advocates need to increase their demands for better HIV prevention and treatment coverage data on women and girls and key populations, particularly in countries mired by widespread violence against women and girls, criminalization of key populations and medicine stock outs for people living with HIV, as a precursor for evaluating our progress towards reaching our fast track targets.
  • The need for civil society and representatives of the UNPCB, UNAIDS and GFATM need to facilitate increased cross-board communication to identify and amplify our common advocacy goals. This includes integrating our collective demands into ongoing discussions about the sustainable development goals and identifying innovative mechanisms to scale up investments for the community response to HIV, especially in middle income countries.

Click here to listen to a recording of the webinar. Additionally, please check back with us after the New Year as we will be restarting our bi-monthly community teleconference and webinar series in February 2017.

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