Kyiv, 27 June: UNDP and the Ukrainian Parliament today brought together leaders of civil society, government and international organizations to discuss HIV legislation review and harmonization Representatives of UNDP (the United Nations Development Program), the Parliamentary Subcommittee on the legislative support to response to HIV/AIDS, the Ministry of Health, the State Service of Ukraine for HIV/AIDS, the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV (PLWH), the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and other organizations sat down to discuss the results of an in-depth analysis of Ukraine’s HIV legislation conducted by the UNDP .
A key determinant of middle-income countries meeting their health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be their ability to sustain and expand access to treatment for HIV and its co-infections, like TB and Hepatitis C.
By 2020, the majority of people living with HIV will be living in middle-income countries, such as South Africa, Brazil, Russia, Ecuador and Thailand. Yet at the same time as new, more effective medicines to treat HIV emerge, many of these countries, based on their average income levels, are increasingly being left out of special arrangements offered by pharmaceutical companies to low-income countries, such as price discounts or voluntary licenses to use their patents.
Civil society members, legal aid service providers and human rights lawyers collaborate to improve legal literacy and access to legal services Kyiv, 17-18 June – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and its regional and national partners — the NGO of Human Rights Defenders “Gidnist” and the All-Ukrainian Network of People Living with HIV, with support of the Eurasian Union of People living with HIV (ECUO) conducted a capacity building training for people living with and affected by HIV in Kyiv, Ukraine.
Bangkok – Some 30 judges from the highest national courts from 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific met in Bangkok, Thailand from 2-4 June to discuss the role of the judiciary in the AIDS response. They discussed specific actions that can be taken by judges to create a more supportive legal and social environment for people living with and vulnerable to HIV, including people who use drugs, sex workers, men who have sex with men and transgender people.
Launched today at the UNDP, ICJ and UNAIDS Judicial Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights and Law in Bangkok: As noted in the landmark report, The Global Commission on HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health, HIV is also a crisis of law, human rights and social justice. In the context of recent scientific breakthroughs on HIV prevention and treatment, and the growing epidemic of inequality confounding health and development across the globe, addressing the legal and human rights barriers to effective HIV responses is as important as ever.
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