U.S. Statement Agenda Item 11: Follow-Up to UNAIDS Programme Coordinating Board Meeting UNDP/UNFPA Executive Board Delivered by Esther Pan Sloane Adviser, ECOSOC US Mission to the UN Second Regular Session

Esther Pan Sloane Adviser, ECOSOC US Mission to the UN
New York, NY
September 12, 2013




FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Mr. President, I am pleased to deliver this statement on behalf of Japan, Israel, France and my own country, the United States. We commend the contributions of UNDP and UNFPA to the global HIV response and the UNAIDS Joint Program. We especially applaud UNDP and UNFPA’s accomplishments toward the agenda for accelerated country action for women, girls, gender equality and HIV, and their support for the integration of gender, critical enablers and development synergies into the UNAIDS strategic investment approaches.

We agree that implementing the agenda for women and girls remains a priority, including supporting stronger collection, analysis and use of sex- and age-disaggregated data to inform programs; strengthening the engagement of women and girls in these processes; and fortifying linkages between gender and HIV work. We hope that UNAIDS and the co-sponsors will update targets for the final two years of the Agenda, drawing on lessons learned from the review to improve monitoring of actions undertaken.

My delegation would also like to underscore the importance of a continued strategic investment approach to addressing gender together with HIV. We believe that gender equality and human rights are important critical enablers that must be considered and budgeted to support targeted approaches based on epidemiology. All countries applying investment approaches in the coming years need to incorporate action on the critical enablers of gender, human-rights and legal environments.

The U.S. government notes the Action Agenda mid-term review finding thata lack of country-level coordination was the second-most frequently mentioned barrier to the implementation of the Agenda. PEPFAR and all our governments are committed to working with UNAIDS, UNDP and UNFPA country offices and Joint UN Teams to improve coordination, achieve common goals, and use the comparative advantage of each stakeholder to overcome challenges and barriers.

Thank you.


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PRN: 2013/162