Dear colleagues,

As part of activities at the International AIDS Conference in Montreal, UNDP published four issue briefs on 27 July 2022.

These issue briefs share lessons and reflections from the external evaluation of the impact of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law on enabling legal environments, including decriminalisation, to inform the implementation of key commitments in the 2021 Political Declaration on HIV and AIDS and the Global AIDS Strategy. They focus on a shared understanding of the harms caused by the overly broad and unjust application of criminal laws; sensitization of key stakeholders and their engagement in legal review processes; a well-informed judiciary; coordinated, multi-pronged and multisectoral legal advocacy; and, global and regional advocacy to advance national-level changes to HIV-related punitive and discriminatory laws, including decriminalization.

UNDP has worked with governments, civil society organizations and other partners to advance the recommendations of the Global Commission on HIV and the Law in 90 countries.

The issue briefs are attached and also available on the following links: Issue Brief #1: Enabling legal environments, including decriminalization for HIV responses | Issue Brief #2: The role of the judiciary in the HIV response | Issue Brief #3: Regional spaces for HIV responses | Issue Brief #4: Safe and open civic spaces for HIV responses

With best wishes, 

The CoP team

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