UNDP Rule of Law and Human Rights

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Welcome to UNDP’s Rule of Law and Human Rights Global Programme homepage. This platform features the work of UNDP’s Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development. Since 2008, the Global Programme has provided comprehensive rule of law and human rights assistance to conflict and crisis-affected contexts around the world. The Global Programme seeks to address the drivers of violent conflict and foster resilient communities that are supported by just institutions.

On this page, you can access the most recent annual report of the Global Programme as well as a repository of previous annual reports. The latest stories written by UNDP staff and our partners on the rule of law and human rights throughout the year are also featured below.  

2020 Report

The 2020 Annual Report of the Global Programme details UNDP’s contributions to strengthen the rule of law and human rights in crisis-affected contexts and progress achieved with our partners at the global, regional, and country/territory levels.

Click the button below to explore the report online and highlights brocheure, and also to learn more about the impact we are having, gain insight into our focus areas of work, read about our COVID-19 response and view our finances.

Bottom left: Biosecurity equipment provided to the Cauca indigenous communities in Colombia. ©️UNDP Colombia, Oscar Bermeo Top left: A woman from the Bendición community in Guatemala recovered her father's remains after more than 30 years of searching. ©️ UNDP Guatemala, Hiliana Nuñez Top right: An employee of Selyn company in Sri Lanka that managed to sustain operations during the pandemic. ©️ UNDP Sri Lanka Bottom right: Participants of a training on criminal investigations view the Local Police Service Road Map for Iraqi Local Police. ©️ UNDP Iraq


To share our thinking on the latest policies and developments in the field and provide up-to-date information about our projects, we have curated the below stories written by UNDP staff and our partners working on the on the rule of law and human rights. Let us know what you want to hear more about by engaging with us on social media.

Our Work

To showcase our work in the field and prodive guidance on rule of law related areas, we are producing communication materials and knowledge products focusing on different aspects of our work in the field of rule of law and human rights.

Featured videos

To showcase our work in the field and give voice to our partners and national counterparts, we have produced the below videos focusing on different rule of law areas in crisis and fragile settings.


To provide framework and guidance on rule of law related areas, we develop guidance notes, toolkits and other resources materials for our partners, national counterparts and UN staff.

Iraq’s Ministry of Interior and UNDP launch E-Learning Platform for Iraqi Local Police © UNDP Iraq

SparkBlue Consultations

To build on discussions in UNDP’s 2020 Annual Meeting on the Rule of Law and Human Rights, UNDP (the Global Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights Team) hosted an online consultation on UNDP’s SparkBlue platform on the ‘The Future We Want To See: Reimagining Rule of Law, Security and Human Rights and the Inclusive Social Contract’ from 29 June through 31 July 2020.

Reimagining Rule of law, security and human rights and the inclusive social contract

The consultation was structured in order to elicite insights and lessons learned from the Global Programme and to identify trends and opportunities in the Rule of Law field. 120 development practitioners from across UNDP Headquarters, regions and 46 country offices as well as from other UN-agencies, civil society, justice organizations, academia and external partners enriched the discussion with 140 unique contributions.

The consultations will contribute to a re-imagination of UNDP’s Governance, Rule of Law and Peacebuilding portfolio and will also be used to inform the design of the next phase of the Global Programme (2022-2025).

Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon. Women Police officers from the municipality of Bourj Hammoud. - © UNDP Lebanon

Past Reports

UNDP’s past rule of law and human rights annual reports on the Global Programme are listed below to provide an overview of progress achieved over the years. These reports contain detailed information on programme results, financials, and key partnerships.