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39th UNAIDS PCB Meeting

Joint Statement by CPPN, ICAD and ICASO on the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF)

Dear Secretariat and member states:

This is a joint statement by the Canadian Positive People Network, the Interagency Coalition on AIDS Development, and ICASO. As a people living with HIV network and organizations which focus on intersectoral partnerships and to enhance global policies on HIV issues, we feel that being accountable to the AIDS response and being accountable all the people living with HIV and key populations affected by HIV mean member states must actively fund and help create a coordinated and sustainable global AIDS response.

As a person living with HIV, it is my belief that both the UNAIDS Secretariat and all the co-sponsors of the joint programme play a vital role in ensuring that our goal to end AIDS by 2030 can be reached. It is also our belief that in order to have a strong and robust HIV response, each of the key multilateral institutions including UNAIDS, the Global Fund, and UNITAID, must work concertedly with networks of people living with HIV and key populations, along with governments to create a more responsive, accountable, transparent and sustainable mechanism that addresses the needs of the communities on the ground.

The interim report on UBRAF contains alarming projections of how the projected financial shortfall will impact the Secretariat and the co-sponsors of the joint-programme, detailing how such gap in resources will negatively impact the global plan to prevent new HIV infections, combat discrimination, and eliminate AIDS related deaths. We fear the contingency plan outlined can only mean the amount of people who will get infected or the number of HIV deaths will increase exponentially.

The proposed UBRAF blueprint represents a significant roll-back from even a business-as-usual approach. The implications of which will be inevitably felt across the world and promises devastating impact on the hard won progress gained in areas of health, human rights and security of people, households, and communities living with and most vulnerable to HIV, especially in this time of increasingly uncertain political environment.  In an SDG era where the global community has rallied around the need for an accelerated response, the proposed cuts are worse than taking a ‘business as usual approach’ – it is back-tracking on the fast-track to meeting our SDGs and ending AIDS as a global public health threat by 2030. This is why we urge member states to support a fully-funded UBRAF.

While donors push for greater communication, accountability, transparency, evaluation and reporting from UNAIDS, we the people from communities on the ground would like to note that we wish for the same from our governments. What the community needs is not only a UNAIDS with a strong accountability framework. What we as people living with HIV and key populations groups need is a commitment from governments and donors to hold true to their commitments to the renewed UNAIDS Strategy, the 2016 Political Declaration, the recommendations from the UN High Level Panel on Access to Medicines, and that you listen to our requests as affected communities and civil society to invest in and create a sustainable global AIDS architecture.

We strongly urge the secretariat to ensure people living with HIV, key populations, and members of civil society will be meaningfully engaged and consulted along with the NGO delegation in the independent multi-stakeholder panel to plan for a stronger UNAIDS, to rethink how a coordinated global AIDS architecture would look like, and how each multilateral institution can work better with one another and with communities in an improved global health ecosystem where no one is left behind.

People living with HIV and civil society are asking for a fully-funded, sustainable, comprehensive and coordinated AIDS response and adequate resources be given to communities for engagement. Anything less, in our opinion, would not be true accountability to people living with and affected by HIV today.