NGO/civil society participation in PCB

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UNAIDS was the first United Nations programme to have formal civil society representation on its governing body. The position of non-governmental organizations (NGOs) on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) is critical for the effective inclusion of community voices in the key global policy forum for AIDS.

Five NGOs, three from developing countries and two from developed countries or countries with economies in transition, represent the perspectives of civil society, including people living with HIV to the UNAIDS board. They can serve for up to three years and have non-voting status. The 5 organisations have one representative each and they are supported by 5 other NGO organisations, which stand as alternate members.

The NGO representatives actively seek input from their respective communities on key issues related to UNAIDS policies and programs, and advocate with Members States (governments) and Cosponsoring organizations (the ten United Nations organizations that make up the UNAIDS Joint Programme) for meaningful improvements in the implementation and evaluation of AIDS policies and programmes.

NGO delegation to the PCB 2014

Africa

  • Mr Joel Gustave Nana, African Men for Sexual Health and Rights (AMSHeR), South Africa
  • Mr Kenly Sikwese, African Community Advisory Board (AFROCAB), Zambia

Asia Pacific

  • Mr John M. Rock, International Treatment Preparedness Coalition (ITPC), Australia
  • Ms Khartini Slamah, Asia Pacific Network for Sex Workers (APNSW), Thailand

Europe

  • Mr Bryan Teixeira, European AIDS Treatment Group, France
  • Ms Daria (Dasha) Ocheret, Eurasian Harm Reduction Network, Lithuania

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • Ms Alessandra Nilo, Gestos – HIV+, Communication and Gender, Brazil
  • Ms Yolanda Simon, Caribbean Regional Network for People Living with HIV (CRN+), Trinidad and Tobago

North America

  • Mr Charles King, Housing Works, United States
  • Ms Laurel Sprague, Global Network of People Living with HIV North America (GNP+ NA), United States