UNDP’S role in promoting human rights, gender equality and enabling legal and policy frameworks, including for key populations

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  • UNDP’S role in promoting human rights, gender equality and enabling legal and policy frameworks, including for key populations

UNDP’S role in promoting human rights, gender equality and enabling legal and policy frameworks, including for key populations

UNDP’s role towards health and development

UNDP is committed to reducing inequality and promoting inclusion across the three pillars of the UN’s work – peace and security, development and human rights.

UNDP’s work in HIV and health is guided by the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the UNDP Strategic Plan 2014-2017, the UNDP Global Programme 2014-2017 and related Regional Programmes, as well as complementary UNDP strategies such as the Gender Equality Strategy 2014-2017, the Youth Strategy 2014-2017 and the UNDP Strategy on Civil Society and Civic Engagement.  The work is also consistent with relevant partner strategies, including the UNAIDS Strategy 2016-2021 ‘On the Fast-Track to End AIDS’, the Global Fund Strategy 2017-2022, the WHO Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (2005), the Global Action Plan for the Prevention and Control of Non-Communicable Diseases 2013-2020 and the Every Woman, Every Child initiative of the United Nations. The work is based on the premise that health is both a driver and an outcome of development.

UNDP aims to achieve health and development goals of all people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria, including key populations at higher risk, working at global, regional and country levels, in three interconnected areas of action:

Pharmacist and Peer Educator in a purpose built HIV clinic to reduce Stigma and Discrimination

Through its headquarters, regional and country level offices, UNDP provides guidance, policy advice and technical support to partners to:

  • Generate evidence for rights-based public health interventions to respond to HIV, TB and malaria through legal environment assessments, research and ongoing monitoring
  • Support the development of programmes and plans to reduce stigma, discrimination, violence and other human rights and gender-related barriers for people living with and affected by HIV, TB and malaria and for key populations, such as law and policy review and reform, strengthened access to justice and improved law enforcement practices
  • Provide policy papers, guidance notes and best practice on rights-based responses, and
  • Support the participation of empowered communities and key populations through capacity strengthening, legal literacy, supporting meaningful participation in forums and advocacy initiatives.

UNDP’s HIV, Health and Development Strategy 2016-2021: Connecting the Dots elaborates UNDP’s work on HIV and health in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The GCHL Fact Sheet and UNDP’s Issue Brief: Advancing Human Rights, Equality and Inclusive Governance to End AIDS provide information and concrete examples from across the globe of UNDP’s work with country stakeholders to conduct legal environment assessments, promote law review and reform, strengthen access to justice and law enforcement, respond to human rights crises and empower women and key populations in the context of HIV and TB.

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