24 April 2013, Mozambique - The Government of Mozambique submitted an amended HIV Law to Parliament for consideration which removed provisions to criminalise HIV transmission from Law 12/2009, amongst other things, and suggested further provisions to strengthen rights-based protection in Law 5/2002 (relating to HIV in the workplace). UNDP Mozambique supported the process by reviewing and commenting on the law.
15 April 2013, Seychelles - Seychelles completes its National Legal Environment Assessment in the first quarter of 2013 and has now finalised the report.
3-4 April 2013, Accra, Ghana - The National Policy Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and Law in Ghana was convened in Accra by the Ghana AIDS Commission, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) Ghana with support from UNDP Ghana.
12 March 2013, Johannesburg - The first meeting of the Africa Forum to follow up on the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law was held at Johannesburg. Attended by 28 participants from 7 African countries, the participants represented regional civil society organisations (a regional MSM organisation, the regional sex workers' organisation, the regional media organisation working against HIV, and a regional interfaith organisation), regional economic communities (ECOWAS, ECCAS, WAHO and EAC), UNDP and other regional UN bodies (UNFPA, UNODC and UNICEF). The meeting shared the recommendations from the Global Commission, discussed the regional and national situation on HIV and the law, and enjoined participants to share initiatives that they are undertaking as follow up to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law Report. Possible ways of collaboration were also shared at the meeting.
27-28 February 2013, Johannesburg - An orientation and Planning Workshop organised in Johannesburg to orient the UNDP Country Office Focal Points and consultants as well as the Regional Service Centre staff. The outcome from the meeting, which was attended by 25 participants, was a detailed workplan for 2013 for each country.