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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2783

Sanath Jayasuriya SAARC Goodwill Ambassador – Uniting for HIV and AIDS

Colombo, 28 May, (Asiantribune.com): Sri Lanka's star batsmen Sanath Jayasuriya and Ms. Shabana Azmi were selected as SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors for the programme " Uniting for HIV AIDS" by the selection committee at a meeting held at the SAARC Secretariat in Kathmandu recently.Sanath Jayasuriya - Goodwill Ambassador Sanath Jayasuriya - Goodwill Ambassador

This prestigious honorary title is for a period of two years and the Goodwill Ambassadors are expected to travel to all SAARC member States.

The overall goal of the Goodwill Ambassador is to garner enhanced response to the fight against HIV/AIDS within the Member States through advocacy and public mobilization efforts at the regional level.

The Twelfth SAARC Summit (Islamabad, January 2004) directed that a Regional Strategy on HIV/ AIDS should be formulated through a consultative process and in collaboration with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV / AIDS (UNAIDS). In pursuance of the above directive, a Regional Strategy on HIV/ AIDS was developed during the First Meeting of the Group of Experts comprising National HIV/AIDS Programme Managers, which was held in Dhaka in April 2005.

Work plan for Implementation of the SAARC Regional Strategy on HIV/ AIDS, appointment of prominent individuals as SAARC Goodwill Ambassador was proposed.

To implement the SAARC Goodwill Ambassadors’ Programme, the Secretariat invited two nominations from each Member States. The nominations were received from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The Government of Maldives regretfully conveyed their inability to nominate a candidate.

India nominated Ms. Shabana Azmi and Mr.Baiching Bhutia . Nepal nominated Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha and Mr. Hari Bamsha Acharya Pakistan nominated Mr. Jehangir Khan, Sri Lanka nominated Mr. Nimal Siripala de Silva and Mr. Sanath Jayasuriya.

Meeting of the selection Committee to select a SAARC Goodwill Ambassador, which comprised of three Assessors representing the last, current and next Chair of SAARC, was held at the SAARC Secretariat, Kathmandu on 29 April 2008.

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