Follow up to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law

Follow up to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law

Much of UNDP’s current work on promoting human rights, gender equality and enabling legal and policy frameworks, including for key populations in HIV, is based on the findings, recommendations and subsequent follow up to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law.

The Global Commission on HIV and the Law, a commission of experts led by UNDP and convened on behalf of the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS undertook extensive research, consultation, analysis and deliberation during 2010 to 2012 on law, human rights and HIV. The Commission found that public health laws and regulations can play an important role in improving health. Punitive laws, such as those that criminalize same-sex relations, sex work and drug use, can act as barriers to civic engagement in health governance and in access to health care services.

Since the release of the Commission’s comprehensive report in July 2012, UNDP now supports the follow up by strategically leading the implementation of the Global Commission’s recommendations through the provision of country level technical assistance.  UNDP facilitates and supports multi-stakeholder consultative processes to review a country’s legal framework and critical HIV, TB and human rights issues affecting vulnerable and key populations (e.g. through country / national dialogues, legal environment assessments and engagement scans). Support is further provided to take follow up actions to strengthen laws, policies, access to justice and law enforcement, in the context of HIV and TB, to promote human rights, achieve gender equality and eradicate gender-based violence.

UNDP’s policy and programme support includes, amongst other things:

  • Working with government, civil society and UN partners to implement the findings and recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law
  • Strengthening legal, regulatory and policy frameworks for increasing access to HIV treatment and other health technologies
  • Access to justice for HIV and health, including a focus on civic engagement and sensitization of parliamentarians, the judiciary and law enforcement
  • Integrating human rights and programming to address legal barriers in national HIV and other health programmes, and
  • Establishing systems to prevent and respond to HIV and health-related human rights crises.

The Commission’s final report – HIV and the Law: Risks, Rights and Health and the comprehensive database of resources found on the Global Commission on HIV and the Law website provide detailed information on the findings of the Global Commission and a database of resources relating to key HIV, law and human rights issues. Activities to follow up to the Global Commission on HIV and the Law, to reduce human rights and gender-related barriers and strengthen legal environments for HIV and AIDS, are also well documented on the website.

For more information on reducing human rights and gender-related barriers and strengthening legal frameworks for HIV, TB and malaria, see:

Critical Enablers