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Accountability

Kofi Annan visits the Ecumenical Center. (Jedrzej Chelminski/EAA)

One of the most significant obstacles in responding effectively to the HIV epidemic is inadequate accountability and leadership. While political commitments, human and financial resources are all essential to support implementation efforts, they do not of themselves guarantee results.

In order to achieve more rapid progress in the global response to HIV and AIDS, the Ecumenical Advocacy Alliance and its participating organizations will promote and advocate ensuring governments and policy makers meet the targets they have agreed to in the fight against HIV and AIDS.

Key stakeholders, including faith-based related organizations and leaders must be held accountable for their promises and performance on a regular basis.

The Alliance will:

  • Urge the mutual accountability of religious leaders, churches and church-related institutions to statements and commitments that have been mada;
  • Advocate that church and church-related organizations raise and share significant financial and human resources to better respond to HIV and AIDS;
  • Monitor and advocate the fulfillment by governments of their commitments set out in the UNGASS Declaration of Commitment on HIV and AIDS and the Millennium Development Goals;
  • Urge national governments and bi- and multilateral institutions to increase and fulfill their financial commitments to HIV and AIDS both nationally and internationally;
  • Work to ensure that the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, and other major international funding initiatives, are managed and implemented with transparency, accountability and participation from civil society (including the fair consideration and allocation of resources to faith-based organizations) and are used with maximum benefit for local communities;
  • Promote the full understanding of human rights and urge that governments fulfill responsibilities towards them (e.g. right to health) 
  • Hold religious leaders and institutions accountable for commitments and statements they have made.

Current NGO delegation to the PCB 2009

Africa
The AIDS Support Organization (TASO): Dr. Lydia Mungherera
AIDS and Rights Alliance for Southern Africa (ARASA): Ms. Felicita Hikuam

Asia/Pacific
The 7 Sisters, Thailand: Vince Crisostomo
Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers (APNSW): Rathi Ramanathan

Europe

International AIDS Vaccine Initiative (IAVI): Rhon Reynolds
International Network of People Who Use Drugs (INPUD): Matthew Southwell

Latin America/Caribbean
Caribbean Vulnerable Communities Coalition (CVC): Ian McKnight
Corporación Kimirina: Dr. Amira Herdoiza

North America
Ontario HIV Treatment Network (OHTN): Dr. Evan Collins
International Planned Parenthood Federation/Western Hemisphere Region: Maria Antonieta Alcalde

How can I get more information?

To get more information on the UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board or the NGO Delegation, please contact the Communications Facility at pcbcf.ssimon@gmail.com or pcbcf.ssiniora@gmail.com