Global Dialogue: Strategies to Strengthen Civic Space and the Civil Society Engagement in the HIV Response
3-4 November 2021 | 8:00 – 10:00 EST
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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:
The Promises and Perils of Digital Technology: Expanding Access for Young Key Populations
Thursday 9 July 2020 | 9:00 – 10:30 EST
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Globally, only one in three young people demonstrate accurate knowledge of HIV prevention and transmission. However, digital technology is increasingly being used to enhance access to information among young people and to improve access to HIV and sexual and reproductive health services. Increased accessibility of digital technologies now allows young people and service providers new ways to communicate, share information, collect data and facilitate evidence-based advocacy. At the same time, the virtual world exposes young key populations to potential risks due to existing punitive norms and stigma and insufficient safeguards around privacy, safety and security. This session focused on how the HIV community can leverage innovations in digital technology to help young key populations access services and drive advocacy. Speakers shared their views on how to strengthen privacy and data protection in order to mitigate risks.
Making the Law Work for People Living with HIV
Friday 10 July 2020 | 9:00 – 10:30 EST
While the law can be a powerful tool to improve the lives of people living with HIV, bad laws can lead to stigma, discrimination and violence, hindering global HIV response efforts. One area in which the law has impacted directly on the HIV response is the criminalisation of HIV non-disclosure, exposure and transmission. Both in its 2012 Report and in the 2018 Supplement, the Global Commission on HIV recommended that countries should not enact HIV-specific criminal laws and should repeal these laws where they exist. However, in places where these laws do exist, prosecutors can use their discretion to ensure the rights of vulnerable populations are respected. To help mitigate the impact HIV-related criminal prosecutions, UNDP is