Global Fund Board Civil Society Delegations
The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria fully involves civil society at national and international levels in programme implementation as well as in governance. The Global Fund presents an innovative model that provides civil society with the opportunity to develop and advocate for a comprehensive civil society agenda in the fight against the three diseases.
The Global Fund Board has three seats assigned to civil society. The delegations to the Board include: the Communities of people living with HIV, TB and affected by malaria; the Developing Country NGOs; and the Developed Country NGOs. Other Board seats are assigned to groups of donor countries, groups of implementing countries, as well as one seat to private foundations and one seat to the private sector.
Since its inception, members of ICSS staff have been engaged with the board of the Global Fund in different roles and capacities: Board Member for the Developed Country NGO Delegation to the Board, Communications Focal Point to the Developed Country NGO Delegation, member and Chair of the Finance & Audit Committee and member of the Communities living with and/or affected by HIV, TB and malaria. The GFAN Secretariat also participates in the Global Fund board meetings as “guests” of the Board Chair and Vice-chair.
International AIDS Conferences
At the past three International AIDS Conferences – AIDS 2012, AIDS 2014 and AIDS 2016 – ICSS, as the Global Fund Advocates Network Secretariat, was the host of Global Fund-focused Networking Zones based in the Global Village.
Programming featured campaign activities, discussions with Global Fund representatives, dozens of GFAN member-led sessions, advocate meetings and multimedia production. GFAN-funded participants took part in key events, plenaries and panels.
AIDS 2018 will be hosted in the Netherlands from 23-27 July 2018. ICSS Executive Director, Peter van Rooijen, is the current chair of the Amsterdam Planning Group.
As a member of ECOSOC, ICSS, through GFAN and FSP, frequently supports civil society advocacy at the annual UN General Assembly (GA) meetings and other relevant UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) meetings, such as the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.
FSP initiated and supported (including financially) the establishment of the Civil Society Post-2015 Working Group, through a collaboration between ICSS, the Stop AIDS Alliance and ICASO. This process brought civil society and key and vulnerable population representatives together to advise on civil society engagement in preparing for the Post-2015 process that led to the establishment of the SDGs. The FSP partnership subsequently initiated and supported the establishment of the UN Stakeholders Task Force that coordinated engagement in the preparatory process as well as during the High Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS in June 2016.
GFAN has organized Global Fund advocates meetings in New York during high-level meetings, supported speakers at special sessions and produced toolkits for its members to advocate for greater recognition of global health financing and the Global Fund in outcomes documents.
Currency Transaction Levy for Health/Financial Transaction Tax
In 2009, ICSS co-hosted civil society strategy meetings that aimed to broaden and deepen civil society engagement in a campaign for the implementation of a currency transaction levy (CTL), a promising innovative financing mechanism that could raise billions of dollars for global health needs. The overall goal was to inaugurate a new civil society-led campaign for a CTL for health.
The cause for an FTT has evolved in the Robin Hood Tax campaign, a coalition of organizations throughout Europe and the US. The European arm is focused on a forthcoming EU-based FTT and advocates for a portion of the funds to go to HIV, malaria and tuberculosis services and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.