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UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board 29 June to 02 July 

UNAIDS PCB from 30.06.15 - 02.07.15
The 36th meeting of the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 29 June to 02 July


The major subjects during the meeting are:

1) Update and extended strategy for 2016 - 2021

2) New Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) for 2016 - 2017. 

3) Session about "HIV in emergency contexts".


Joint Nordic statement (Norway, Finland and Denmark) by Danish Ambassador Carsten Staur

I am speaking on behalf of our constituency, which also includes Norway and Finland. And as others have said this is indeed an important board meeting. We are setting crucial milestones for the future AIDS response by discussing the updated and extended UNAIDS strategy, the SDGs and upcoming high-level political meeting. And we are learning valuable lessons from what UNAIDS has achieved in the past - by discussing the UBRAF and performance reporting.
Let me at the outset thank the chair of the PCB, the honourable minister from Zimbabwe. We highly appreciate his leadership and strong engagement in guiding us through these important processes. Thank you also to ED Michel for his report and clear and strong vision for the future.
We need to make the joint programme fit for purpose post-2015 and we expect UNAIDS to develop a new strategy which is just as strategic, courageous, bold and ambitious as the previous one. Even the more so, because we know that the importance of the strategy goes far beyond the work of the cosponsors. The current strategy has greatly inspired the global response, the international agenda and the development of national strategies. We need UNAIDS to provide strong and inspiring political leadership.
We appreciate the comprehensive consultations on the updated strategy. We believe that we have a lot to build on from the three zeros strategy and that consultations have revealed broad consensus on the need for increased focus on prevention, on reaching adolescents and on the empowerment of women and girls.
At the same time, we need more effective efforts to address the social and economic drivers of ill-health and poverty if we are to fast-track the AIDS response the next five years to reach the ambitious goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 by ending AIDS as a public health threat. We need a stronger, more inclusive and strategic response. To do this we need to focus on the underlying power relations and fundamental causes of discrimination and poverty.
A key success for UNAIDS has been its strong commitment to Human Rights and HRBA. As we have underlined on several occasions, UNAIDS’s strong leadership in this field is highly appreciated and also crucial for the future. And the updated and extended UNAIDS strategy must be firmly grounded in Human Rights principles and approaches, building on the four guiding principles: Non-discrimination; Participation and Inclusion; Transparency and Accountability
We would like to see a broad, integrated and pragmatic approach, where we aim to realize the right to health and abide by the principle of non-discrimination in order to ensure that our prevention and treatment programs efficiently and effectively reach all key populations mentioned in the GAP report, and especially the many women and girls that are currently left behind and not able to protect themselves against HIV. Let me hear also refer to the EDs strong call to women and girls and as dignity as a key value. 
At the heart of the HRBA are also the principles of participation and inclusion. We need a strong and independent civil society, which fights for the rights of the most vulnerable people, giving them a voice and helping to ensure access to services locally. We also know that if we do not include communities, those affected and most marginalized, our response and programs will fail. We note that CSO responses are seriously lacking funding and at that UNAIDS assesses that they will need to triple their funding. 
Let me come back to the UBRAF performance reporting. This reporting also guides us where we should have particular focus in our future strategy - that is on young people, and in particular on young women. Their access to prevention, information and treatment options remains too low. We encourage the Joint Programme and the Secretariat to further strengthen their outreach to young people and to develop effective responses, especially with regard to prevention.
Finally, let me reassure you that as a strongly engaged group of donors to UNAIDS, Finland, Norway and Denmark will continue to engage actively and constructively in the development of the updated and extended strategy and the 2016-2017 UBRAF.