New issue brief on advancing human rights, equality and inclusive governance to end AIDS
UNDP has released a new Issue Brief, titled Advancing Human Rights, Equality and Inclusive Governance to End AIDS. The IssueRead more.
Vulnerable to violence: empowering women in South Sudan
It is a violation of women's rights, a major global health problem, and is experienced by approximately one in threeRead more.
Do more than make some noise…
The theme of this year's Zero Discrimination Day is make some noise. Raising our voices in solidarity for compassion, diversity,Read more.
Why we must fight harder for the rights of young women and girls
In her 2013 memoir, activist Malala Yousafzai recounts a moment that changes not only the course of her destiny butRead more.
The Keystone Of The Global AIDS Response
On World AIDS Day, we mourn the tragic loss of 1.1 million people to AIDS this year, and reiterate thatRead more.
Helen Clark: Statement on World AIDS Day 2016
This World AIDS Day serves as a reminder of the urgent need to come together as a global community andRead more.
Female Nurses in Demand: UNDP Trains 200+ Young Women to Save Lives in Rural Areas
23 October 2016, Jalalabad, Nangarhar – In a very ordinary hostel in Jalalabad, something extraordinary is going on. A youngRead more.
UNDP and Global Fund sign a new $7 million grant to address barriers to HIV services in eight Caribbean countries
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a new US$7 million grantRead more.
2015-2016 Annual Report on UNDP’s partnership with the Global Fund
HIV, tuberculosis (TB) and malaria claim the lives of up to four million people every year. People living in lowRead more.
United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Calls for New Deal to Close the Health Innovation and Access
Whether it's the rising price of the EpiPen, or new outbreaks of diseases, like Ebola, Zika and yellow fever, theRead more.
UNDP and the Global Fund partner with Zimbabwe to strengthen HIV prevention and treatment services
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund strengthened their partnership with additional funding ofRead more.
UNDP and the Global Fund sign grant to strengthen the national response to HIV and AIDS in Angola
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund signed a US$30 million grant to reduceRead more.
UNDP and the Global Fund sign US$8.7m grant to scale up HIV prevention measures in Afghanistan
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund signed a US$8.7 million grant to scaleRead more.
The Lancet: Transgender rights are critical for the health and well-being of transgender people in Asia and the Pacific
ransgender rights received unprecedented recognition in Asia and across the world in 2015. However, a new Series published in TheRead more.
AIDS 2016 – Risks, rights and health: Taking stock of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law
Four years after the Global Commission on HIV and the Law released its report on the impact of laws, policiesRead more.
New report provides guidelines for the examination of patent applications relating to pharmaceuticals
The United Nations Development Programme has released a new publication, titled Guidelines for the Examination of Patent Applications relating toRead more.
New UNDP HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021
UNDP has released its new HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots. The strategy elaborates UNDP's work onRead more.
India: Social protection allows people with HIV to live with dignity
The news came during a business trip to Goa. A trucker by profession, he used to drive across the countryRead more.
Review of Country Progress in addressing legal and policy barriers to universal access to HIV services in Asia and the
UNDP, UNAIDS and ESCAP have jointlyed released a review of country prograess in addressing legal and policy barriers to universalRead more.
Laws criminalizing drug possession can cause more harm
Coca farmers sell coca leaves at a market in Villa 14 de Septiembre village in Bolivia. Photo: Carlos Cazalis/Corbis ByRead more.
We Cannot Achieve Gender Equality without Drug Policy Reform
UN Member States adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). These ambitious goals aimRead more.
UN High-Level Panel: Ideas For Change To Global Health And IP System Proliferate
Public health advocates, academics, patients, governments and others this week presented further ideas to the United Nations Secretary-General’s High-Level PanelRead more.
The latest issue of our Newsletter – December 2015 – is out!
The latest issue of our Newsletter - December 2015 - is out! Follow the link below to get caught upRead more.
UN Secretary-General’s High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines Issues Call for Contributions
The United Nations Secretary-General's High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines is inviting contributions for consideration that address the policy incoherenceRead more.
Strengthening the use of competition law to promote access to health technologies LMICs
Promoting competition within the pharmaceutical market has proven to be an effective strategy in reducing the price and increasing theRead more.
Ending AIDS: it takes more than two and a half men
The media has gone crazy over the disclosure of the HIV status of one of America's most controversial television stars,Read more.
Helen Clark: Statement on World AIDS Day
AIDS continues to be a major global health and development challenge. Since its emergence as one of the most brutalRead more.
Breakthrough brings cost of HIV treatment to under $100 per patient per year
Geneva – UNDP has achieved significant reductions in the price of HIV medicines that it procures, bringing down the costRead more.
Secretary-General Appoints Two Former Presidents, 14 Others as Members of High-Level Panel on Access to Medicines
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon announced today the establishment of a high-level panel on health technology innovation and access. ComprisingRead more.
New grant to support human rights in 10 African countries
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Global Fund have signed a US$10.5 million grant toRead more.
Upcoming human rights grant will tackle barriers to access in Africa
A new regional program focusing on legal and policy change in Africa has been invited to proceed to grant-making. TheRead more.
Asia-Pacific sees progress on the protection of LGBTI people but obstacles remain
Hanoi, 14 October 2015 – Over the past decade, some 25 countries and territories across Asia and the Pacific haveRead more.
Regional framework for addressing health and human rights needs of trans people in Asia-Pacific released
Bangkok – A regional Blueprint that specifically addresses the health needs and human rights of transgender people in Asia andRead more.
The latest issue of our Newsletter – September 2015 – is out!
The latest issue of our Newsletter - September 2015 - is out! Follow the link below to get caught upRead more.
Experts call for more rights based, evidence informed drug control policies
Government, civil society representatives and development partners have committed to address drug control laws and policies that negatively affect humanRead more.
Legal environments affecting the HIV response in South-East Asia: New report
Bangkok – A regional review of laws in South-East Asia examines the legal environments affecting HIV responses among people livingRead more.
Addressing the Development Dimensions of Drug Policy
In April 2016, the UN General Assembly will hold a Special Session on Drugs to assess and debate the successesRead more.
Engaging with National Human Rights Institutions key to advancing rights of hijra and transgender people
Hijras and transgender people take part in the first ever Hijra Pride event on 10 November 2014 in Dhaka toRead more.
UNDP and UNAIDS back efforts by least-developed countries to secure sustainable access to treatment
Geneva - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) would like toRead more.
Helen Clark: Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia
Helen Clark, UNDP Administrator Statement on International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia United Nations, New York The International Day AgainstRead more.
In Europe, new hope for transgender people
Yana and Anna, supported by a family member, demonstrate against discrimination against trans people - and in support of equalityRead more.
New hope for healthcare in Kyrgyzstan
“Change the patent law and you will help us live longer” Our civil society partners take to the streets AprilRead more.
The latest issue of our Newsletter is out!
The latest issue of our Newsletter is out! Follow the link below to get caught up on updates and keyRead more.
Zero Discrimination Day: a call for freedom, equality, and inclusion
Zero Discrimination Day is an international call for freedom, equality and ending exclusion. This day, and every other day, forRead more.
Asia and Pacific LGBTI advocates call for human rights for all
Bangkok – A landmark regional dialogue convened by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) this week in Bangkok provided aRead more.
Sweden, USAID and UNDP renew support for LGBT rights in Asia
Caitlin Wiesen, Chief of Regional Policy and Programme for Asia and the Pacific, UNDP, gives opening remarks at the LaunchRead more.
[New resource] Know Your Rights, Use Your Laws
This handbook was written by a team of legal experts and reviewed by community activists working for improving the humanRead more.
A Widow’s right to matrimonial property
When Justine Badaru a 38 year old, resident of Kijogoro Parish, Miirya Sub County, Masindi district lost her husband toRead more.
Transgender and hijra activists call for improved health, living conditions and enabling legal environment
Kathmandu, Nepal – Transgender people and hijra activists from South Asia called for more evidence-informed policy and laws to improveRead more.
Leaving no one behind in the Asia-Pacific HIV response
Bangkok, Thailand – Government delegates, leading civil society voices and UN partners gathered in Bangkok this week to review progressRead more.
Dialogue on Scaling Up HIV-sensitive Legal Aid Programmes in China
Today 30 people representing the most prominent HIV and legal organizations in China participated in a UNDP-led consultation on HIV-relatedRead more.
New UN report calls for changes to legal environment to enhance HIV response in Pakistan
Islamabad, Pakistan – A new report, jointly released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the UN Country Team andRead more.
Review and Consultation on the Policy and Legal Environments Related to HIV Services in Malaysia
The United Nations Country Team in Malaysia has published a new report, entitled Review and Consultation on the Policy andRead more.
Statement on the case of Rosemary Namubiru
18 February, 2014 Dear Media Leaders in Uganda: We are writing to you regarding a matter of urgent concern. AsRead more.
PNUD amplia red de Ciudades, VIH y Justicia en Coatepeque y Mazatenango
Guatemala, 4 de diciembre de 2014 - La Iniciativa Mundial Ciudades, VIH y Justicia fue acogida el día de hoyRead more.
Helen Clark: Message on World AIDS Day
The current Ebola crisis reminds us that fighting communicable diseases requires behaviour change, engaging communities, partnerships with government and civilRead more.
The Global Commission on HIV and the Law: recommendations for legal reform to promote sexual and reproductive health and rights
The Global Commission on HIV and the Law was established in 2010 to identify and analyse the complex framework ofRead more.
Conclusive Regional Dialogue on HIV, Rights and Universal Access in Eastern Europe
On 29-30 October, 2014 a Conclusive Regional Dialogue on HIV, Rights and Universal Access in Eastern Europe was held inRead more.
Infographic: Punitive laws hindering the HIV response in Asia and the Pacific
UNAIDS, AIDS Data Hub, UNODC, UNFPA and UNDP have recently published an infographic (see below) capturing the situation of punitiveRead more.
High-level Roundtable on Gender Identity, Rights and the Law
A High-level Roundtable on Gender Identity, Rights and the Law was held in Hong Kong on 2 October. The High-levelRead more.
Report calls for legal reforms to drive forward HIV response in Myanmar
NAY PYI TAW, 24 September 2014-A national HIV legal review report, launched in Myanmar's capital Nay Pyi Taw , callsRead more.
Engaging with parliamentarians on HIV and the law
I have been working for several years with policy- and law-makers to support a rights-based response to HIV and contributeRead more.
Myanmar CSOs Provide Input to Draft Intellectual Property Law to Ensure Affordable Medicines
Myanmar CSOs Provide Input to Draft Intellectual Property Law to Ensure Affordable Medicines Published on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 16:57Read more.
The right to choose and refuse sterilization
Historically, involuntary sterilization, as a means of achieving genetic 'strength' and implementing population control policies, has involved serious human rightsRead more.
Expert Group Meeting on the Implementation of National Reviews and Consultations on Legal and Policy Barriers to Universal Access to
The Asia-Pacific High-level Intergovernmental Meeting on Assessment of Progress against Commitments in the Political Declaration on HIV/AIDS and the MillenniumRead more.
Statement of Members of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law on the Passing of Uganda’s HIV Prevention and
The HIV Prevention and AIDS Control Act was passed by the Ugandan Parliament on 13 May 2014. We have learnedRead more.
UNDP highlights the importance of competition in increasing access to health technologies
New York - The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) released a new guidebook today encouraging low- and middle-income countries (LMICs)Read more.
Friendly clinics for sexual diversity | Manuel Irizar
In recent years, Argentinian society has made significant progress as relates to the full exercise of citizens' rights. However, sexuallyRead more.
Strengthening Access to Justice and Legal Empowerment for People living with HIV and Key Populations: Taking the Daytop Model to
Access to legal-aid services for people living with HIV and most vulnerable populations is central to a more effective responseRead more.
UNDP and UNFPA Meeting of Experts to Reflect on the Recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV & the Law
UNDP and UNFPA convened a meeting of experts on 24-26 April 2014 in New York to examine strategies to reflectRead more.
Hon. Michael Kirby featured in Intellectual Property Forum issue on proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement
The Honourable Michael Kirby, who previously served on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, has been featured inRead more.
Effective laws to end HIV and AIDS: Next steps for parliament
UNDP has supported the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU) in the development of a resource, "Effective Laws to End HIV andRead more.
Transgender visibility: The ‘AIDS Tchê’ initiative in Brazil | Angela Pires
The Week of Transgender Visibility recently took place in Porto Alegre, Brazil, with three days of events and initiatives supportedRead more.
Global Commission on HIV and the Law: Knowledge Products January 2014
Dear Colleagues, As you know, the Global Commission on HIV and the Law issued its report, HIV and the Law:Read more.
Discussion Paper on Transgender Health & Human Rights
UNDP's HIV, Health & Development Group is pleased to launch a Discussion Paper on Transgender Health & Human Rights preparedRead more.
National Defense Authorization Act of 2014 a positive step towards HIV criminalization reform in US military
On December 26, 2013 the President of the United States Barack Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization ActRead more.
LGBTI people in Asia continue to face stigma and discrimination
Bangkok – Across Asia, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) people continue to face rights violations because of theirRead more.
Statement on the Indian Supreme Court decision on Section 377
On 11 December 2013, the Supreme Court of India overruled the 4-year old decision of the Delhi High Court, whichRead more.
Government, academia and civil society representatives meet in Beijing to review impact of laws on country’s HIV response
Representatives from government, academia and community based organisations met in Beijing this week for a consultation on HIV and theRead more.
CONAVIHSIDA and UNDP present the results from the National Dialogue in Dominican Republic (in Spanish)
Santo Domingo.— El Consejo Nacional para el VIH y el Sida (CONAVIHSIDA) y el Programa de las Naciones Unidas paraRead more.
South Asia Regional Advocacy Framework and Resource Guide: HIV, Human Rights and Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
The South Asia Regional Advocacy Framework and Resource Guide was developed to assist organizations in South Asia to work together on advocacyRead more.
Series of dialogues in Brazil culminates with a National Dialogue on HIV and the law in Niterói, Rio de Janeiro
As a follow up to the report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, UNDP has launched aRead more.
Report urges stronger legal protections for women and girls affected by HIV in health care settings
Bangkok – A report from four Asian countries reveals serious gaps in the legal means of protection of the rightsRead more.
Impact of Laws on Youth’s Access to Sexual Health Services – Study Release
Impact of Laws on Youth’s Access to Sexual Health Services – Study Release Published on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 18:00Read more.
A life of dignity for all | Mandeep Dhaliwal
Without a doubt there has been great progress in the AIDS response. The numbers tell us that the overall ratesRead more.
HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health now available in Mongolian
The final report of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights & Health, isRead more.
Eminent African Judges Dialogue on HIV related stigma and Discrimination
As the HIV epidemic continues to affect millions of people in developing countries especially in Africa, judiciary is now beingRead more.
HIV and the Law Dialogue Series in Brazil: criminalization of HIV transmission
"Prejudice and lack of knowledge regarding what AIDS is, this is the real problem", said Mr. Dani Rudnicki, brazilian lawyer,Read more.
Myanmar Parliamentarians explore the country’s right to access affordable medicines
Nay Pyi Taw – More than 30 parliamentarians in Myanmar explored how to use global mechanisms and strengthen national lawsRead more.
OSF Fact Sheets on the findings of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law
OSF has published a series of civil society briefing papers highlighting the key issues addressed in the Global Commission onRead more.
National Reviews and Multisectoral Consultations on Policy and Legal Barriers to Effective HIV Responses
National Reviews and Multisectoral Consultations on Policy and Legal Barriers to Effective HIV Responses Published on Wednesday, 16 October 2013Read more.
New steps ease access for more affordable medicine
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has played a pivotal role in the Asia-Pacific region in addressing the needs ofRead more.
First International Meeting on Human Rights and Gender Identity in Bolivia
On 7 and 8 October 2013 the First International Meeting on Human Rights and Gender Identity was convened in Cochabamba,Read more.
Toolkit: Scaling Up HIV-related Legal Services (Spanish Language version)
A Spanish language version of the Toolkit: Scaling Up HIV-related Legal Services has been released. The Toolkit has been adaptedRead more.
From Despair to Hope: A UNDP Film
UNDP Thailand has released a new documentary which tells the story of Apiwat, a man living with HIV. It's theRead more.
Mission by Senior UNDP Policy Advisors to Jamaica Yields Positive Engagement from Parliamentarians on Implementation of Recommendations of the Global
Senior UNDP policy advisors on Parliamentary Development and HIV, Health and Development, including Charles Chauvel, former Commissioner of the GlobalRead more.
HIV and the law: Protecting the rights of people living with HIV in Ukraine
HIV and the law: Protecting the rights of people living with HIV in Ukraine Published on Thursday, 19 September 2013Read more.
Experts meet on advancing access to HIV treatment
New York, 5 September 2013—Experts this week called for new measures to get costly, life-saving HIV drugs to some 16Read more.
A chat about the rights of people living with HIV
Q: Why do you think it’s important to work on human rights, stigma and discrimination issues in the context ofRead more.
Using laws to help tackle HIV/AIDS resonates widely | Helen Clark
Laws which safeguard dignity, health and justice are essential to effective HIV responses. This was one of the main messagesRead more.
Changes to Ukraine’s HIV legislation
Kyiv, 27 June: UNDP and the Ukrainian Parliament today brought together leaders of civil society, government and international organizations toRead more.
Focusing on prices of HIV medicines in middle-income countries | Tenu Avafia & Katie Kirk
A key determinant of middle-income countries meeting their health-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will be their ability to sustain andRead more.
Press Release: UNDP Brings Together Civil Society Actors and People Living with and Affected by HIV for Capacity Building Training
Civil society members, legal aid service providers and human rights lawyers collaborate to improve legal literacy and access to legalRead more.
Towards Zero discrimination: judges from Asia and the Pacific unite to address HIV, human rights and the law
Bangkok – Some 30 judges from the highest national courts from 16 countries in Asia and the Pacific met inRead more.
Compendium of Judgements: Background Material
Launched today at the UNDP, ICJ and UNAIDS Judicial Dialogue on HIV, Human Rights and Law in Bangkok: As notedRead more.
UNDP Conducts Capacity Building Training in the Republic of Moldova for People Living with and Affected by HIV
Civil society members, legal aid service providers and human rights lawyers team up to improve access to legal services. Chisinau,Read more.
Right to health, right to life – high-level meeting on HIV and human rights
Human rights are essential for the response to HIV. "Right to health is right to life” - with this motto a highRead more.
UNDP report on experiences and lessons learned from national HIV laws in Asia and the Pacific
Countries in Asia and the Pacific have put in place laws to provide legal protections against HIV-related human rights violations;Read more.
Uruguay: diálogo sobre VIH y derechos humanos
El viernes 5 de abril, en el edificio anexo del Palacio Legislativo, se lanzó el Diálogo sobre VIH y derechosRead more.
Honduras: National Dialogue on HIV and the Law
Following up on the recommendations made by the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, the Secretary of Justice andRead more.
Pacific Consultation on Legal and Policy Barriers to Accessing HIV Services for PLHIV and Key Affected Populations
Government, CSOs and community representatives from Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu and Vanuatu met in FijiRead more.
United Kingdom: House of Lords debates held on the impact of discriminatory laws on HIV responses in developing countries &
On 6 December 2012, UNDP in partnership with the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and the United Kingdom All Party Parliamentary GroupRead more.
Heads of Government of Commonwealth states adopt key HIV and the law recommendations
In a move significant to the global AIDS response and the implementation of the recommendations of the Global Commission onRead more.
United States National Dialogue on the Criminalization of HIV Transmission, Exposure & Non-disclosure: The Role of States & the Federal
At present 32 states and two territories within the United States have HIV-specific criminal laws in place. Convictions under theseRead more.
National Dialogue on HIV & the Law in Costa Rica, 29-30 November 2012
National Dialogue on HIV & the Law in Costa Rica, 29-30 November 2012 Published on Friday, 30 November 2012 03:24Read more.
First national symposium on HIV, law and human rights in Kenya
UNDP Regional Service Centre for Eastern and Southern Africa organised a regional meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa (24-25 October 2012)Read more.
First national conference on HIV and the law held in Malawi
In October 2012, the first ever national conference on HIV and law was held. This was a multi-stakeholder forum toRead more.
Cebu leads the way in the Philippines in prohibiting discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity and health
On 17 October 2012, Cebu, a city in the southern part of the Philippines, set a historic precedence in theRead more.
Joint partnership means 10,000 police will receive HIV stigma prevention education in Thailand
Joint partnership means 10,000 police will receive HIV stigma prevention education in Thailand Published on Monday, 17 September 2012 09:50Read more.
President of Indonesia signs decree for use of HIV/AIDS and hepatitis drugs
On 3 September 2012, the government of Indonesia took an important step to expand access to medicines and help saveRead more.
Republic of Moldova the first to implement the Commission’s recommendations
13 July 2012, a few days after the launch of the Global Commission’s Report 'HIV and the Law: Risks, RightsRead more.
Republic of Moldova lifts travel restrictions for people living with HIV, strengthens protections against discrimination
GENEVA, 22 June 2012—The Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) applauds the legislative reforms by the Republic of MoldovaRead more.
National Dialogue on HIV and the Law in El Salvador, 12-13 June 2012
The National Dialogue on HIV and the Law in El Salvador was held on 12-13 June 2012 with the participationRead more.
After the Regional Dialogues on HIV and the Law [English & Spanish]
The Regional Dialogue on HIV and the Law that was organized in Sao Paulo in 2011 generated genuine interest amongRead more.
South Asian Legal Fraternity and Communities gather to discuss Human Rights Challenges Faced by Key Populations at Higher Risk of
Across the region, people living with HIV and populations at higher risk of exposure to HIV including men who haveRead more.
Brief overview of the National Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and the Law in Belize, 12-13 October, 2011
The National Dialogue on Human Rights, HIV and the Law in Belize was organized and led by a national umbrellaRead more.
Satellite Session on HIV and the Law – High Level Forum to address HIV in Eastern Europe & Central Asia,
A satellite session on HIV and the Law took place in Moscow, Russia, on 11 October 2011, during the HighRead more.
Judicial Sensitisation on HIV and the Law in the Caribbean, 6 October 2011
Judicial Sensitisation on HIV and the Law in the Caribbean, 6 October 2011 On 6 October 2011, the United NationsRead more.