UNDP Rule of Law and Human Rights

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Welcome

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.

Global Programme

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.

Annual Reports

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.

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

Stories

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.

PUBLICATIONS

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

Annual Meeting

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).

Photo: 2020 UNDP Annual Meeting on Rule of Law and Human Rights Banener - © UNDP

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.