Rule of law and human security

Peaceful. Just. Inclusive.

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development features for the first time a universally agreed goal for achieving peaceful, just and inclusive societies: Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 16. UNDP sees Goal 16 not only as an enabler for achieving all the 17 SDGs, but also as a Goal that is worthwhile achieving in itself. Through our work, we support the peaceful resolution of conflicts, promote the rule of law and access to justice, citizen security and human rights. We assist governments in strengthening their public institutions, help countries reduce corruption and support inclusive participation to ensure that no one is left behind.

Activities of Justice and Security sector seek to support women, peace, security agenda and more broadly contribute to implementation of the third Resolution 1325 Action Plan. Sector initiates dialogue on this topic with all relevant constituencies in Bosnia and Herzegovina, seeking to identify structural and cultural barriers that still hold women back from participating fully and progressing in justice and security sector, as well as to identify entry points for improvement through concrete activities.

Making a variety of voices heard

UNDP supports countries to bring constitutional reforms, organize credible elections and strengthen parliaments, while ensuring constructive engagement of civil society. We help build the capacities of subnational institutions and actors to deliver public services in a variety of contexts, including urban settings and crisis-affected areas. In post-crisis settings, we focus on restoring the core functions of government, such as civil service management and aid coordination. Our aim is to create an environment where people can have their voice heard - especially women, youth, indigenous people, people with disabilities, and civil society more broadly.

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Safety and stability of all communities and people are among top priorities for UNDP in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Our Justice and Security Sector supports partners at all levels, from state to local communities, in addressing some of the most important issues which affect quality of life of persons countrywide. In close collaboration with donor organizations and national counterparts, UNDP works on immediate and controlled disposal of remnants of war (unstable ammunition, weapons and unexploded ordnances), reduction of surplus ammunition and improved stockpile management, as well as prevention of illicit arms trafficking. Promotion of dialogue and social cohesion are in focus of joint programme implemented in partnership with the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina and UN agencies.

Projects and Programmes

3,374 tonnes


disposed of since 2013 through EU Funds

26,117 pieces of SALW

collected and destroyed since 2011