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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.
During the first three phases of the Global Programme (2008-2021), the breadth and depth of UNDP’s contribution to fostering the rule of law, justice, security and human rights, especially in contexts affected by crisis, conflicts and fragility, expanded significantly through its quality programming, knowledge brokerage and policy support. This new phase of UNDP’s Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law, Human Rights, Justice and Security for Sustainable Peace and Development (2022-2025) commences at a time when the full impact of the COVID-19 pandemic is far from realized, the climate crisis presents an uncertain future, conflict and violence are on the rise, and respect for the rule of law and human rights protection is in decline.
Blueprint for Transformative Change through the Rule of Law and Human Rights
In Phase IV, the Global Programme will continue to provide assistance in its core areas of expertise, which include: rule of law and human rights promotion, constitutions, anti-discrimination, people-centred justice and security, transitional justice, armed violence reduction, accountability and oversight, and support to human rights defenders and national human rights systems. It will focus on strengthening and expanding its work in more nascent areas, such as Business and Human Rights, environmental justice, e-justice and rights-based digitalisation, integration of human rights and SDG systems, and strengthening of civic space.
UNDP's Global Programme for Strengthening the Rule of Law, Human Rights, Justice and Security for Sustainable Peace and Development produces annual reports to highlight its achievements and showcase the impact in the field. Each report has over 40 country examples, reflections on the policy work, results framework, and a section on finances.
Please, scroll to the bottom of the page to access the reports published in 2016-2019.
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.
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.
JOINT COVID-19 SUPPORT UNDER THE GFP UMBRELLA
Under the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law umbrella, UNDP and DPO have mobilized ressources together in order to quickly respond to the effetcs of the COVID-19 pandemic in the rule of law area and supported the implementation of preventive measures as rapidly as possible in national rule of law institutions.
In the footsteps of Mandela, preserving the rights and dignity of prisoners in Mali
UNDP is working on the "Mandela Prisons" project with the United Nations Multidimensional Integrated Stabilization Mission in Mali (MINUSMA), the Malian Ministry of Justice. The project is supported by the Netherlands. So far, 933 officers have received training in prison management and Nelson Mandela rules.
Building a foundation of trust: Overcoming injustice with inclusivity in Yemen
After more than six years of violent conflict, communities in Yemen struggle to distinguish legitimate justice actors from the sweeping fist of armed militias. Yemenis have lost confidence in the formal justice system and instead often rely on trusted local leaders.
Business and human rights; what to expect from a 10-year-old
One of the main achievements of the last decade has been shifting the narrative from corporate social responsibility to business and human rights.
Who can we rely on to protect human rights and ensure accountability?
Who do you call for help when your rights are infringed upon? In many countries, your first call might be to the police or a lawyer. But in some parts of the world, this is more complicated. For example, who do you ask for help or redress when the state or a powerful corporation committed the violation against your rights? Or the police or courts, aren’t fair or functioning
We need to talk about how Covid-19 is affecting human rights
The severe impact of the pandemic across the globe has exposed flaws of social, economic and political models, challenged our societies, tested our collective humanity, and aggravated inequalities. As the lack of social protection measures persisted, pre-existing inequalities, injustices and gaps in human rights protection have become more pronounced.As the pandemic rages on, here are four areas of growing concern for human rights.
Rule of law and sustaining peace in times of COVID-19
The United Nations sustaining peace mandate and the shifting emphasis from conflict management to conflict prevention that is embedded in a human rights-based approach, has been accompanied by renewed calls for the entire United Nations system to work as ‘One UN’...
Facing down injustice in the age of a pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic is having an unprecedented impact on justice systems all over the world. Courts are closing, reducing or adjusting their operations, affecting justice services, especially for marginalized groups...
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.
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.
UNDP convenes the Annual Meeting on Rule of Law and Human Rights each year in the month of June. The meeting aims to promote an exchange between Member States, practitioners, UNDP and UN experts, Ministerial-level national counterparts, as well as representatives from think tanks, academia, and civil society, on the current development context in relation to rule of law, security, and human rights and how it has been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
2021 Annual Meeting on Rule of Law and Human Rights
The 2021 UNDP Annual Meeting on on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development took place virtually between 22 - 24 June 2021. The meeting was attended by more than 900 participants and over 50 speakers with diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise contributed to the discussions.
The meeting also provided valuable inputs to the re-imagination of UNDP’s Governance, Rule of Law and Peacebuilding portfolio and informed the design of the next phase of the Global Programme (2022-2025).
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.