Meeting on mainstreaming HIV and health into UNDP’s practice areas
Dubai – “Mainstreaming HIV & Health into UNDP’s Practice areas” which opened in Dubai, highlighted two factors, how to best identify opportunities to integrate HIV & Health in UNDP’s programs and projects, given the recent developments in the region, and the promotion of other health and non-health MDGs – particularly through cross-practice strategies.
The meeting organized by the UNDP/RBAS HIV/AIDS Regional Programme in the Arab States in collaboration with Bureau of Development (BDP) / HIV Group, brought together HIV/AIDS project officers and focal points in addition to staff members from governance or poverty teams from - 15 Country Offices who discussed over two days best ways to mainstream HIV into other areas of UNDP work in the Arab States in the years ahead.
During the meeting, UNDP Associate Administrator, Rebecca Grynspan, addressed the participants and shared with them role of UNDP in HIV, health and development, highlighting the importance of dignity, freedom and social justice. She stressed the importance of championing HIV responses that reinforce the principles of equality for all, and that protect and promote the rights of women and men living with HIV and those who are typically marginalized. She emphasized the importance of human rights based programming in addressing HIV to translate good public health practice into real results for people and communities.
She continued “It is important to link action on HIV to broader development and MDG efforts as an important strategy for ensuring that HIV responses are advanced together with gender equality, economic empowerment, and access to justice.”
Adel Abdellatif, Chief of the Regional Programme Division at RBAS gave an overview on the human development in Arab States and the emerging priorities for UNDP at the time of transformational change. He stressed on the linkages between governance and HIV and emphasized the importance of making use of the newly drafted constitutions in some Arab countries for mainstreaming HIV through a human rights based approach he also highlighted the importance of addressing mobility and its linkage to HIV in GCC and Horn of Africa countries.
Jeffery O’Malley, Director of HIV Group at BDP, presented a brief Introduction to UNDP’s Work on HIV, that addresses social determinants of health and the role of UNDP in addressing HIV as a co-sponsor of UNAIDS, particularly in the areas of human rights, marginalized populations and gender.
He reinforced UNDPs commitment to increasing synergies between the work on HIV and the promotion of other health and non-health MDGs – particularly through cross-practice strategies.
Over two days, participants shared their experiences in mainstreaming HIV into other practice areas and discussed opportunities at country level to mainstream or integrate HIV into ongoing work of other UNDP selected thematic areas access to justice and human rights, gender, poverty reduction and youth, and governance.
As a follow up for this meeting, the HIV Regional Project together with the HIV AIDS Practice at the Regional Center in Cairo will follow up with each country office to integrate HIV into existing program/projects of other practices.
Joumana Kalot, HIV/AIDS Regional Project Manager, UNDP-RBAS Tel. (+20-2) 27702210 - Fax. (+20-2) 225784847 - email: firstname.lastname@example.org