UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting to open

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UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board meeting to open

03 December 2010

Photo from the PCB held in Geneva, December 2010. Credit: UNAIDS

The 27th meeting of UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) will open in Geneva on 6 December 2010.

Ahead of the meeting, The Netherlands, current PCB chair, hosted a field visit for a delegation from the board composed of Member State participants from Mauritania, Iran, Thailand, Poland, and El Salvador, a non-governmental organization from the Europe region, and Cosponsors UNDP and UNICEF.

During the three-day visit which concludes today, the delegation met officials from the Ministries of Health and Foreign Affairs to hear how the country’s far-reaching policies are developed and implemented. They discussed experiences directly with non-governmental organizations, and visited programmes on the ground including community services that support sex workers and a facility providing harm reduction services for people who inject drugs. A meeting with the Multi-Party Initiative on HIV/AIDS enabled participants to see a broad-political approach in action.

This visit follows a PCB trip to Viet Nam in 2009 and El Salvador in earlier this year. Country visits by a PCB delegation help to orient and inform discussions in the board meeting itself.

A key item on the PCB meeting agenda will be the receipt for endorsement of the draft UNAIDS Strategy for the period 2011-2015. The board will also receive a progress report on implementation of the Second Independent Evaluation of UNAIDS as well as a report of the Task Force on the completion of its work related to the principles and processes for draft decisions and decision making in the PCB.

Next week’s board meeting will be addressed by Dr Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, Co-Chair of the UNAIDS High Level Commission on HIV Prevention and Nobel Prize laureate for Medicine in 2008 for her role in the discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The Executive Director will also present his report.

 Food and nutrition security and HIV: how to ensure food and nutrition security are integral parts of HIV programming,” is the title of the thematic session which will take place on 8 December.

For more information on the board including all background documents visit the PCB web page.