Regional Geographic focus: Member States of the League of Arab States
Thematic areas: The Arab AIDS initiative is partnership between LAS, UNAIDS and CSOs to help Countries in enhancing national responses and achieving the targets of the 2011 UN Political Declaration on AIDS.
Steps/stages in practical application:
The Arab AIDS Initiative is based on the decision of the Executive Council of the Arab Ministers of Health in October 2011 to endorse the Riyadh Charter on combating HIV as a Pan-Arab document. The Riyadh Charter had come out of the Saudi Initiative workshop held in April 2011, which all GCC members had endorsed to reaffirm their political commitment to HIV. Then in November 2011, at the Saudi Forum on Uniting Arab Countries against AIDS, Arab countries advanced a series of recommendations that called for Arab countries to review their national strategic plans, with particular focus on protecting the human rights of people living with HIV and scaling up HIV prevention, treatment, care and support services. The recommendations of the Saudi Forum were adopted by the Council of the Arab Ministers of Health in its 37th session in Amman Jordan in March 2012. As part of this decision, the Ministers of Health agreed to develop a unified Arab AIDS Strategy and constitute a technical committee under the leadership of Saudi Arabia that would follow up on the recommendations of the Saudi Forum and develop the Arab AIDS Strategy.
Results to Date:
- Arab Convention on HIV prevention and protection of the rights of People Living with HIV, an advance document that address the needs of People Living with HIV and endorsed by the Arab Parliament in March 2012.
- Outlines of Arab AIDS Strategy to achieve the targets of the 2011 UN Political Declaration on AIDS that came out from a technical meeting in Riyadh in November 2012.
- A technical committee on HIV under the umbrella of the LAS and the leadership of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to oversee the finalization and implementation of the strategy.
Focal Point and Contact:
UNAIDS Regional Support Team for the Middle East and North Africa (RST-MENA)
Abdul Razzak Al-Sanhouri Street, Nasr City, Cairo, Egypt.