By Mandeep Dhaliwal, Team Leader of UNDP's HIV, Health and Development Practice.
Zero Discrimination Day is an international call for freedom, equality and ending exclusion. This day, and every other day, for effective HIV and development responses we must work towards creating a world that is free from stigma and discrimination.
Bangkok – A landmark regional dialogue convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week in Bangkok provided a unique platform for advancing rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people. The dialogue was supported by the Embassy of Sweden in Bangkok, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and other partners.
Kathmandu, Nepal – Transgender people and hijra activists from South Asia called for more evidence-informed policy and laws to improve health, living conditions and overall well-being of their communities, at a consultation this week in Kathmandu.
The three-day consultation, 'The South Asia Transgender and Hijra Consultation: Advancing Trans and Hijra Rights and Health', brought together over 70 participants, including transgender women, hijra and transgender men, civil society groups, government departments, national human rights institutions, development partners and HIV and health experts.
[Contributed by Boyan Konstantinov, Legal Specialist, HIV, Health and Development Team, UNDP Instanbul Regional Hub]
On 29-30 October, 2014 a Conclusive Regional Dialogue on HIV, Rights and Universal Access in Eastern Europe was held in Tbilisi, Georgia. The Dialogue was the last part of the regional project “HIV, Rights and Universal Access in Eastern Europe” implemented by partnership with UNDP, the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and fourteen non-government organization in the region since 2012. The project was co-financed by the European Union and designed as a follow up to the regional dialogue of the Global Commission in 2011.
As the HIV epidemic continues to affect millions of people in developing countries especially in Africa, judiciary is now being seen as having a powerful role in ending stigma and discrimination for people living with HIV and Aids. During the first ever dialogue on HIV, human rights and the law in Eastern and Southern Africa, held in Nairobi, delegates who included judges, magistrates, lawyers, civil society groups and people living with HIV from various African Countries heard how punitive laws and practices deny people living with HIV basic rights and access to justice.