In November 2022, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the United States President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) announced a new partnership, the SCALE Initiative, to drive progress on the 10-10-10 targets for and with key populations in PEPFAR-supported countries by 2025. The two-year initiative helps scale key population-led approaches to counter punitive and discriminatory laws and HIV-related criminalisation and remove barriers to HIV services, while investing in key population leadership and capacity. UNDP is committed to working with like minded partners to support countries and key populations in their efforts to address the harmful structures standing in the way of progress, to advocate for the dignity, health and wellbeing of key populations and to end AIDS as a public health threat by 2030.

The end of the global AIDS epidemic is within our reach. We must renew our commitment to respect human rights and end inequalities and injustice to ensure no one is left behind.

Law prohibits or permits specific behaviours, and in so doing, shapes politics, economics and society. The law can be a human good that makes a material difference in people’s lives. It is therefore not surprising that law has the power to bridge the gap between vulnerability and resilience to HIV.

In just four decades, over 40.1 million people have died of AIDS, and 84.2 million have been infected with HIV. The HIV epidemic has become one of the greatest public health challenges of our time. It is also a crisis of law, human rights and social justice. The good news is that we now have all the evidence and tools we need to radically slow new HIV infections and stop HIV-related deaths. Paradoxically, this comes at a time when bad laws and other political obstacles are standing in the way of success.

The Global Commission on HIV and the Law undertook 18 months of extensive research, consultation, analysis and deliberation. Its sources included the testimony of more than 700 people most affected by HIV-related legal environments from 140 countries, in addition to expert submissions and the large body of scholarship on HIV, health and the law
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Pathways to Change: 3 Lessons from Key Populations

Insights from the SCALE Initiative regional conversations on HIV, law and access

By Kevin Osborne, Manager, SCALE Initiative, UNDP

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