13 Dec 2017
Civil Society Sneak Peek: What is Happening this Week at the 41st Meeting of the UNAIDS PCB?
The UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) is holding its 41st meeting this week from 12 – 14 December 2017 in Geneva. The PCB is responsible for setting the mission and direction of the UN’s global HIV response — as implemented by the UNAIDS Secretariat and 11 UN Cosponsor organizations — and for monitoring the budget, activities, and outcomes. The PCB is unique in the UN system for its inclusion of civil society as board members. Ten civil society organizations share 5 seats on the PCB and serve alongside 22 UN Member States and the 11 Cosponsor organizations.
What should people living with HIV expect to see from the PCB meeting this week?
1) The NGO Delegation will present its annual report, titled for 2017: The UNAIDS we need must leave no one behind: Getting to zero includes all of us (the 10–10–10). With this agenda item, the NGO Delegation will advocate for commitments to support community-led monitoring and data collection to ensure HIV prevention and treatment reach key populations, subgroups within key populations, and members of other marginalized groups most likely to be left behind. They also will press for a standardized community engagement strategy with agreed indicators and reporting processes to institutionalize and ensure this engagement in a predictable and structured manner.
GNP+ will intervene from the floor with information about the effectiveness of community-led monitoring and data collection for gathering information about treatment access, services, discrimination and other barriers. We will continue to urge those present to properly resource these initiatives, including the PLHIV Stigma Index, led by GNP+ and ICW, and the Global Men’s Health and Rights Survey, led by MSMGF.
2) HIV-related stigma and discrimination, a topic central to people living with HIV and communities with a stake in the HIV response, will appear throughout the three-day meeting. On Wednesday, UNAIDS will present an update report on Actions to Reduce Stigma and Discrimination in all its Forms with information about related global and regional sessions, agreements and platforms and national-level activities. GNP+ will speak on current realities and PLHIV-led advocacy to address HIV-related stigma and discrimination. The thematic day on Thursday is focused on Zero Discrimination in Health-care Settings. A number of community members from ICW, GNP+, and Y+ will present remarks on current challenges and what needs to be done to protect the right to health for people living with and affected by HIV.
To address the ad hoc attention that stigma and discrimination receive, the NGO Delegation to the UNAIDS PCB will seek agreements for more a more consistent, coordinated global approach.
3) The UNAIDS Secretariat will present an update report on HIV in prisons and closed settings. The report nods to the need to reduce criminalisation of key populations then focuses on the lack of, and need for, human-rights centered HIV prevention and treatment services for people while they are incarcerated and after their release.
4) The Global HIV Prevention 2020 Roadmap, presented by UNAIDS and UNFPA, comes to the PCB for adoption by the board. This is expected to be a contentious process with at least one government adamantly opposed to Roadmap’s focus on ensuring enabling environments for key populations to access HIV prevention.
The decision to create a Global HIV Prevention Coalition was announced at the 40th PCB in June 20107. The Coalition was launched in October, in a meeting characterized by serious commitments by a number of Ministries of Health from Sub-Saharan Africa and Eastern Europe and Central Asia. A Global HIV Prevention Roadmap, developed after multi-stakeholder consultations between governments, NGOs, and communities, served as the organizing document for the launch. Community input was provided by a report authored by MSMGF with co-authors GATE, GNP+, INPUD, ICW, and NSWP, calling for renewed focus on supporting primary prevention and addressing structural drivers of HIV. The remarks from GNP+ Executive Director, Laurel Sprague, on the launch of the Global HIV Prevention Coalition can be found here.