The Executive Board is the decision-making body of UNITAID. The Executive Board makes all decisions relating to UNITAID (except for those delegated to the Secretariat). For example, the Executive Board determines UNITAIDs objectives, scope and work plan and approves all partnership arrangements with other organizations and institutions. It also monitors UNITAIDs progress, approves UNITAID budgets and financial commitments and participates in the performance review of the Executive Secretary. The Board generally takes its decisions by consensus.
The Executive Board consists of 12 Members:
- One representative nominated from each of the five founding countries (Brazil, Chile, France, Norway and the United Kingdom), and Spain;
- One representative of African countries designated by the African Union;
- One representative of Asian countries;
- Two representatives of relevant civil society networks (nongovernmental organizations and communities living with HIV/AIDS, malaria or tuberculosis);
- One representative of the constituency of foundations; and
- One representative of the World Health Organization.
The Executive Board is chaired by Celso Amorim, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs for Brazil. Dr Philippe Douste-Blazy, Former Minister of Foreign Affairs for France, UN Under-Secretary-General, Special Adviser on Innovative Financing for Development was the Chair from 2006 to 2016.