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UNAIDS Board approves 2022–2023 budget and a five-year results and accountability framework

GENEVA, 7 October 2021—The UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) has approved, at a special session, the Unified Budget, Results and Accountability Framework (UBRAF) for 2022–2026 and the UNAIDS budget for 2022 and 2023. The approved budget is set at up to a threshold of US$ 210 million per year.

“We must prevent a resurgent AIDS crisis. COVID-19 lockdowns and other restrictions have badly disrupted the use of HIV prevention services, access to HIV testing, and in many countries this led to steep drops in HIV diagnoses, referrals to care services, the initiation of HIV treatment and limitation in access to viral load testing. This is of great concern. That’s why approval of the UBRAF is so important,” said Winnie Byanyima, UNAIDS Executive Director, at the opening of the special session.

The UBRAF is the overall framework for the collective contribution of the UNAIDS Joint Programme to the global HIV response. It is the framework for leveraging the advantages, strengths and mandates of the 11 UNAIDS Cosponsors and the Secretariat for the full and effective implementation of the Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026: End Inequalities, End AIDS, placing people and communities at the centre and in strong partnership with other stakeholders.

Under the new UBRAF, from 2022 to 2026 the Joint Programme will:

  • Maximize its global leadership and advocacy.
  • Create and promote the distribution of global public goods that are critical to ending AIDS.
  • Support countries and communities through coordinated technical guidance and support.
  • Facilitate and support strategic information and knowledge-sharing.
  • Convene and facilitate multistakeholder dialogues to achieve enabling environments and leverage inclusive partnerships and investments to close programmatic and policy gaps for greater accountability, efficiencies and impact.

Areas of intensified focus and investment under the UBRAF are to:

  • Tackle inequalities in order to ensure equitable access to services for HIV prevention, treatment, care and support.
  • Foster leadership and support for innovative approaches to achieve more inclusive HIV services.
  • Benefit from scaled-up HIV combination prevention and testing and treatment, with a focus on closing service gaps among those who are the furthest left behind.
  • Champion the empowerment and resourcing of communities for stronger community-led responses that lead scaled-up service delivery and respond to needs.
  • Strengthen societal enablers through more robust social, institutional and structural capacities of countries and communities for social protection, establishing and strengthening enabling legal environments, successfully eliminating stigma and discrimination and reaching gender equality in the HIV response.
  • Advance the increased availability and financing of sustainable systems to achieve the 2025 HIV targets.

“Thank you for approving the framework and the budget. I took note and am encouraged by the clear requests and support by Board members for a fully funded UBRAF at US$ 210 million to help the Joint Programme deliver transformative and life-saving work towards the goals in the Global AIDS Strategy 2021–2026,” added Ms Byanyima at the session’s closing.


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Special session, UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board, 6 October 2021

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