My experience as: Italian Delegate at UNAIDS XXI and XXII PCB
By Jonathan Paci on December 18, 2012
In 2007 I had the honour of being appointed by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Delegate at UNAIDS XXI and XXII PCB.
Established in 1994 by a resolution of the UN Economic and Social Council and launched in January 1996, UNAIDS is guided by a Programme Coordinating Board (PCB) with representatives of 22 governments from all geographic regions, the UNAIDS Cosponsors, and five representatives of non-governmental organizations (NGOs), including associations of people living with HIV. This was my first experience in such an important international forum with delegates and observers from all over the world. I was excited and felt the responsibility of representing not only Italy but also the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland and San Marino, in the role of chair of our working constituency.
Our main tasks have been the following:
- To review and decide upon the planning and execution of the Joint Programme;
- To review and approve the plan of action and budget for each financial period, prepared by the Executive Director and reviewed by the CCO;
- To review proposals of the Executive Director and approve arrangements for the financing of the Joint Programme;
- To review longer term plans of action and their financial implications;
- To review audited financial reports submitted by the Joint Programme;
- To make recommendations to the Cosponsoring Organizations regarding their activities in support of the Joint Programme.
Being involved in all these issues required the careful analysis of the programmes carried out by the cosponsors on the field, but also an assessment of all those governance issues which are related to the architecture and the effective functioning of the Joint Programme itself.
Many documents, among which reports, evaluations and budgets, had to be taken into consideration, in a limited timeframe, in order to be well prepared for the plenary sessions.
As Director of the working constituency I had to coordinate the work of the other delegates in order to come up with commonly agreed official positions during our interventions at the plenary sessions of the Programme Coordinating Board. Being a Country delegate involved great attention to detail, a sense of diplomacy and a constant and synergic relationship with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
I consider this professional experience as one of my most challenging and rewarding experiences and definitely one I am very proud of.