Fast Facts: Parliamentary DevelopmentJul 1, 2011 Viable democracy and open society depend on effective lawmaking, oversight and representation — the three chief functions of parliaments. Parliaments are pillars of democratic governance, with a critical role in spurring and sustaining national action towards the Millennium Development Goals. They can be powerful agents of change, particularly during and after times of crisis.
Fast Facts: Fostering Inclusive ParticipationJul 1, 2011 The genuine participation of all citizens in political processes is a cornerstone of democratic governance. UNDP fosters inclusive participation and civic engagement, placing high priority on under-represented segments of society such as the poor, women, indigenous peoples and minorities. Vibrant and vigorous democracies are developed and sustained through inclusive participation, which also advances achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.
Fast Facts: Supporting Democratic Transition in TunisiaSep 25, 2011 UNDP has refocused its work in Tunisia to support key institutions, processes and stakeholders that can have a significant impact in assuring the steady transition to democracy – including support to the constitutional process, political parties, and women’s political participation.
Fast Facts: Justice and SecurityAug 30, 2011 In the absence of access to justice, people are unable to have their voice heard, exercise their rights, challenge discrimination or hold decision-makers accountable. UNDP promotes effective, responsive, accessible and fair justice systems as a pillar of democratic governance.
Fast Facts: Local governanceNov 15, 2011 For poor people to make their voices heard, local institutions of governance are the most important avenue. This is where the poor, women and minorities can participate in governance and influence decisions affecting their lives.
Fast Facts: Human Rights and UNDPNov 28, 2011 The three pillars of the United Nations are peace and security, human rights, and development, and constitute the founding principles of the UN Charter. In its efforts to advance human development, UNDP supports Member States and partners in grounding their national development plans, policies and processes in the human rights principles of participation, inclusion, equality and non-discrimination.
Fast Facts: Anti-corruption and Democratic GovernanceDec 8, 2011 Corruption undermines human development by diverting public resources to private gain and reducing access to public services. Achieving the Millennium Development Goals will largely depend on the quality of governance.