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IDLO Participates in the XVIII International Conference on AIDS

The Conference, which took place in Vienna from 18-23 July 2010 (AIDS 2010), is the premier gathering for those working in the field of HIV, including policy makers, persons living with HIV and other individuals committed to ending the pandemic. It is a chance for the global community to assess progress made, evaluate recent scientific developments and lessons learnt, and collectively chart a course forward.

Given the 2010 deadline for universal access set by world leaders, AIDS 2010 coincided with a major push for expanded access to HIV prevention, treatment, care and support. With a global economic crisis threatening to undermine the availability of public funding, the conference also aimed to help keep HIV on the world development agenda, and was a chance to demonstrate the importance of continued investment in broader health and development goals. AIDS 2010 was also an opportunity to highlight the critical connection between human rights and HIV -- a dialogue begun in earnest in Mexico City in 2008.

IDLO hosted a pre-conference satellite meeting on HIV-related legal services and rights, facilitated a workshop on scaling up legal services, presented its three-year program to address HIV legal issues through six posters, as well as distributed the Toolkit: Scaling Up HIV-Related Services, produced in collaboration with UNAIDS and UNDP, available in English, French and Chinese. All of these materials are available on www.idlo.int/healthlaw.

Critical legal issues identified at the Conference included criminalization of HIV transmission; drug use law and policy; intellectual property law and access to medicines; legal regulation of the sex industry; legal and regulatory obstacles to scaling up prevention interventions; law and gender; and prisons and detention centers. As a result of its participation in the Conference, IDLO is better placed to address emerging legal and policy issues in HIV, law and development. Its profile and capacity to lead in key areas, such as capacity building for legal services, are increasingly recognized.