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The Regional Programme is the strategic umbrella of all UNODC activities in the region. Its main purpose is to support the efforts of Arab countries to respond to evolving threats and achieve sustainable development by promoting the rule of law, and facilitating a comprehensive, integrated and nationally-owned approach to the countries' key security challenges, such as combating illicit trafficking, transnational organized crime and terrorism.

The Regional Programme is the outcome of UNODC strategic partnership with the League of Arab States and the 18 Arab countries UNODC Regional Office covers, namely, Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, the State of Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.  It is also the outcome of a consultative process involving all relevant stakeholders

The Regional Programme's Steering and Follow-Up Committee meets annually to oversee implementation and set priorities for the coming year in response to the emerging issues and problems.  In addition to UNODC and the League, the Committee is composed of representatives from the Ministries of Interior, Justice and Health of the 18 countries.  Representatives from the donor community may be invited to attend these meetings, as well as other relevant regional and subregional partners.

The Committee will also ensure that Member States make available to UNODC a designated counterpart/s in each Government and a direct line of communication. Member States will maintain contact and continuous coordination with the Committee through national channels determined by each Member State.

 The first Regional Programme for the Arab States covered the period 2011 to 2015, and the new Regional Programme for the Arab States started in 2016 and will last until 2021.