Organized in the framework of CEB’s High Level Committee on Programmes by eleven organizations of the UN system, and under the leadership of UNAIDS and WFP, a task group collaborated in 2003 on the preparation of a system-wide strategy targeting the interlinked crisis of food security, weakened capacity for governance and AIDS in the Southern and Eastern African region. The strategy also addressed the connection between food security and livelihoods strategy and agricultural practices, including drought management.

At its Fall 2003 Session, CEB approved this strategy and called on its member organizations to draw upon it as a tool for advocacy and communication with regard to the nexus between HIV/AIDS, food security and governance; to adopt it as a guide for action by their country representatives and by UN country teams in areas where AIDS threatens; and to strive to increase financial investments in country-level actions directed at HIV/AIDS in Southern and Eastern Africa. The strategy included a set of programmatic and supporting institutional actions necessary to enable the UN system to advance the achievement of the targets outlined in the Declaration of Commitment adopted at the General Assembly’s Special Session on AIDS in June 2001 and, more broadly, in the Millennium Declaration. CEB tasked UNDG to oversee and monitor the strategy’s implementation on the ground.