Last week was held the 35th UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board in Geneva (Switzerland). The Executive Director of UNAIDS, Michel Sidibé, took the opportunity to strengthen the commitment and objectives of this agency. Also, he highlighted the importance of triple investment and support in civil society.
Of all resources in response to the epidemic worldwide, only 1% reach civil society organizations. The goal is to achieve, by 2030, a budget of more than 3% for these organizations. Since that the final documents of the Open-ended Working Group, the Finance Committee and the report of the Secretary General are already on the table, we have a clear idea about the position of HIV on this global agenda.
Even though the issue of key population has been pointed out during this meeting, other aspects such as right to health, among others, haven’t been mentioned. Also, right to health has been barely mentioned.
In terms of strategy, UNAIDS should continue to participate actively in the debate on the means of implementation, accountability, funding from Governments and alliances; areas of vital importance for the fight against the epidemic. Similarly, during the last meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, it was recommended that the outcome of the Open-ended Working Group will include the promotion of partnerships between Governments, the United Nations and Civil society.
The report of financing of UNAIDS highlighted that the post-2015 debate offers an opportunity that must not be wasted, which will serve to emphasize HIV as an entry point for social transformation in the health and development agenda. However, it does not suggest that UNAIDS must assume a leadership role in the debates on how to finance the programme of sustainable development goals.
Finally, it is believed that the update of the report will be essential to guide the activities of UNAIDS to a significant high level meeting on HIV in 2016. Therefore, this should be a priority in the next UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board. However, past experiences have taught us that the time to act is now. We cannot wait any longer.