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Human rights

Promoting respect for human rights and redress for human rights violations are crucial elements of UNDP’s assistance to countries affected by crisis. Through a human rights-based approach, UNDP gains a better understanding of complex power dynamics and structural inequalities, which enables more strategic and sustainable development programming.

Supporting national accountability mechanisms is an important component of fostering respect for human rights. UNDP supports human rights for development in more than 100 countries to expand choices and protect fundamental rights and freedoms, as an end in itself and as an integral part of our rule of law programming.

UNDP strengthens the work of National Human Rights Institutions, Ombudsman institutions, and other independent oversight mechanisms as cornerstones of national human rights systems. UNDP facilitates and coordinates the engagement of Member States in and implementation of recommendations from the international human rights machinery. In particular, UNDP has been a key partner supporting governments to participate in and follow-through with the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review process.

UNDP collaborates with partners to promote human rights in both peacebuilding and development contexts. A strategic partnership with both the Global Alliance for National Human Rights Institutions and OHCHR was formed in 2011 and has since been scaling up efforts to support national human rights institutions and their participation at the international level.

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