From 3-4 November 2021, UNDP convened a Global Dialogue on strategies to strengthen civic space and civil society engagement in the HIV response. The event builds on UNDP’s work on democratic governance, rule of law and inclusive institutions and the organisation’s commitment to strengthening civic engagement. The event also builds on the work of the Joint UN Programme on HIV/AIDS and its partnerships with civil society and communities of people living with and affected by HIV, as well as the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, which has highlighted the impact of restrictions on the activities of civil society organisations on the HIV response.
The overall objective of the Global Dialogue was to provide a forum for governments, civil society organisations, communities of PLHIV and key populations and other partners to engage in constructive dialogue on strategies to strengthen civic space and the meaningful participation and engagement of civil society in the HIV response, including to deliver on the ambition of the goals in the Global AIDS Strategy 2021-2026. Watch the two-day global dialogue below: