At the invitation of the Middle East and North Africa Harm Reduction Association (MENAHRA), and in collaboration with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), he International Development Law Organization (IDLO), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the Law Enforcement and HIV Network (LEAHN); the third Consultative Meeting on “Law Enforcement and the Rights of People Living with and affected by HIV” was held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Beirut between 2 and 4 October 2019.

The meeting was attended by 28 people representing law enforcement agencies and civil society organizations in eight Arab countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan, Bahrain and Lebanon, in addition to representatives from UNDP, UNAIDS & IDLO. The objective of the meeting was to promote the positive engagement of law enforcement agents in the HIV response in selected countries in the region, and to create a common understanding and agreement between partners and participants on strategic human rights-based HIV programming and a roadmap to improve the legal environment in the region.