The Honourable Michael Kirby, who previously served on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, has been featured in the most recent issue (No. 96, March 2014) of the academic journal, Intellectual Property Forum: Journal of the Intellectual and Industrial Property Society of Australia and New Zealand, which focuses on the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement. In the interview, Hon. Michael Kirby discusses the intellectual property-related recommendations of the Commission’s report, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health. The editors of the journal have given us permission to share the full text of the interview, as well as the issue’s general
UNDP has supported the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in the development of a resource, “Effective Laws to End HIV and AIDS: Next Steps for Parliaments”. This knowledge product provides examples of selected parliaments that have adopted rights-based laws to support effective HIV responses, particularly in relation to people living with HIV and key populations, including sex workers, transgender people and people who use drugs. By highlighting positive examples of parliamentary processes undertaken to pass rights-based laws that support effective HIV responses, the resource aims to encourage and assist parliamentary scrutiny of legislation that impacts on HIV and provide practical guidance to parliamentarians who are interested in supporting such rights-based law reform efforts to undertake the same, pursuant to global commitments that governments have made to introduce such legislation.
The Week of Transgender Visibility recently took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with three days of events and initiatives supported within the AIDS Tchê initiative, part of a UN Integrated Plan designed to support the poorest and most remote areas of the country.
As you know, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law issued its report, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health, in July 2012, presenting persuasive evidence and actionable recommendations which can save lives and money, while playing a transformative role in the AIDS response. Since then activities to advance the Report’s findings and recommendations have taken place in at least 84 countries and are classified under the following activities:
UNDP’s HIV, Health & Development Group is pleased to launch a Discussion Paper on Transgender Health & Human Rights prepared by Jack Byrne, an expert on trans health and human rights issues. UNDP is grateful to the large number of trans people and other advocates for trans people’s health and human rights who contributed to this paper at various stages.
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