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UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB)

UNAIDS is guided by a Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) with representatives of 22 governments from all geographic regions, the ten UNAIDS cosponsors and five representatives of non-governmental organizations, including associations of people living with HIV. For more information on the UNAIDS PCB and for upcoming meeting dates, visit the UNAIDS PCB website.

In partnership with DFATD and PHAC, ICAD coordinates Canadian consultations before and after each PCB meeting and also distributes the reports of each PCB meeting.

ICAD attends each PCB meeting as an NGO observer where we participate in the deliberations of the PCB raising key points and concerns on issues and participate in the development and delivery of NGO Observer Statements, also known as interventions.

37th PCB Meeting: 26-28 October 2015

Photo Gallery from Meeting:

Stratton 37th PCB
A huge shout-out to Trevor Stratton from the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS. Trevor is an amazing and powerful voice as the incoming PCB NGO Board member for North America!

Strategizing 37th PCB
Strategizing with an amazing group of civil society advocates in lead-up to the start of the 37th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) in Geneva, Switzerland.

Laurel Sprague 37th PCB
A huge shout-out to Trevor Stratton from the Canadian Aboriginal AIDS Network and the International Indigenous Working Group on HIV & AIDS. Trevor is an amazing and powerful voice as the incoming PCB NGO Board member for North America!

Robin Montgomery 37th PCB
Laurel Sprague, North America NGO Delegate responds to the UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe’s Report (Agenda 1.3). ‘We have fast-track targets without fact-track funding. Lives are hanging in the balance.’


37th PCB Group 2
It’s 7:30 in the evening and the discussion on inclusion of SRHR language in the UNAIDS 2016-2021 strategy is still heating up. Will these ‘few words’ stall the process and jeopardize the approval of the Joint Programme’s strategy for the next five years??? #NoQualifiersforSRHR!

Alessandra Nilo 37th PCB
“We face structural and the political issues. They are like elephants in the room, but we need to address them to achieve the SDGs and the Fast Track targets… implementing SDGs and the fast track, will require a paradigm shift in terms of political economy mindset and power relations among the nations…” – Alessandra Nilo, GESTOS, Brazil, civil society keynote speaker in the 37th Thematic Segment on ‘Global solidarity and Shared Responsibility’

Elephants 37th PCB
The Thematic Segment of the 37th PCB Meeting is on ‘Global Solidarity and Shared Responsibility’ — focused on HIV Financing. The question in everyone’s minds: now that the Updated UNAIDS Strategy has been approved is, how will it be funded? So today, civil society is bringing out the ‘elephants in the room.’

Trevor Stratton 37th PCB
The inauguration! Welcome to all our incoming delegates with a special shout out to Trevor Stratton as our new NGO PCB North American delegate to the UNAIDS board!!!

ICAD participated in the development and delivery of a number of important NGO Observer Statements during this meeting:


36th PCB Meeting: 30 June – 2 July 2015

Photo Gallery from Meeting

Laurel Sprague 36th PCB
“Now as much as ever, we need to fully fund the work of civil society and to invest in capacity building for civil society organizations”, states Laurel Sprague, NGO PCB delegate at the 36th Programme Coordinating Board (PCB), the governing body of UNAIDS.

Angeline Chiwetani 36th PCB
NGO PCB delegate, Angeline Chiwetani called to “Ensure that policies and laws do not impede access to services especially in terms of legislations bordering on issues related to sexual orientation, gender identity, sex work, and drug use”.

KAP 36th PCB
Positioning key affected populations within the SDGs.

Standing 36th PCB
The NGO Delegation, ICAD and other civil society partners stand in solidarity with Oba, NGO Africa Delegate as he delivered his intervention on the Updated UNAIDS Strategy.

Charles King 36th PCB
Well done to Charles King and Sasha Volgina who delivered a powerful intervention in follow-up to the thematic segment on reducing HIV transmission among people who inject drugs (35th PCB): “Our approach to people who use drugs must be based on human rights, on respect for human dignity and on the full embrace of harm reduction interventions, implemented in solidarity with people who use drugs, which necessarily includes full funding of impacted civil society.”

Previous NGO Observer Statements

Civil Society Representation

UNAIDS was the first United Nations programme to have civil society formally represented on its governing body. Playing a critical role on the PCB, the NGO Delegation participates in decision-making of the PCB, ensures community representation, and enhances transparency and accountability of PCB decision-making and policy-setting.