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Global Dialogue: HIV, Rights and the Law in the era of the 2030 Agenda

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RAI Amsterdam

2-22 Europaplein

1078 GZ Amsterdam

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The Global Commission on HIV and the Law’s final report, HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health, was published in July 2012. The report interrogated the relationship between HIV and the law, and included recommendations covering the breadth of the HIV response and drew its conclusions from the latest available scientific evidence and a grounding in human rights principles. The Commission’s recommendations covered the following– stigma and discrimination, criminalisation of HIV transmission, exposure and non-disclosure, key populations, women, children and youth, migrants, access to medicines and intellectual property law. The recommendations were intended to promote laws, policies and practices to drive effective, sustainable responses to HIV consistent with governments’ human rights commitments.

The HIV response has evolved significantly since 2012. At global, regional and national levels, political leadership on HIV and the law has affected the response both positively and negatively. Civil society advocacy and community mobilisation on rights, law and HIV produced impressive results on matters ranging from inclusion, access to justice and access to service, but civic space is shrinking and in many places civil society organisations are facing increased attacks and opposition, with implications for the global AIDS response. Actors such as the Global Fund have increased investment in human rights programmes for HIV and tuberculosis. Furthermore, developments in HIV science such as the pre-exposure prophylaxis, HIV self-testing, and the implications of anti-retroviral therapy scale up such as viral suppression call for a new discourse on HIV and the law.

The Global Dialogue will provide an opportunity for participants including government, civil society, people living with HIV, key populations, UN Member States, development agencies, donors and international organisations to –

  1. discuss the progress in implementing the recommendations of the Commission, to share good practices of removing punitive laws, policies and practices that are barriers for effective HIV responses and enforcing protective laws;
  2. discuss the role of political leadership in the removal of punitive laws and the enforcement of protective laws, policies and practices required to address persistent legal and human rights issues on HIV and related co-infections;
  3. explore the changing financing environment for HIV, human rights and the law; and
  4. discuss new and emerging issues in HIV-related science and the lessons from HIV and the law, and advancing rights-based health responses in the context of achieving the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
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Netherlands

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