Rule of Law, Justice, Security and Human Rights
Strengthening the rule of law and promoting human rights are cornerstones of UNDP’s work to achieve structural transformation for sustainable human development, build resilience to prevent and withstand shocks and eradicate extreme poverty. SDG 16 articulates the key role that the rule of law plays in promoting peaceful, just, and inclusive societies and as an accelerator for the 2030 Agenda.
In crisis- affected settings, rule of law, access to justice and human rights are essential to mitigate the root causes of violent conflict and prevent human rights violations. UNDP’s Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development provides support to national partners in over 40 contexts to build resilient communities supported by just and inclusive institutions and guarantee international human rights norms and the rule of law as a cornerstone of international development.
UNDP’s rule of law, security and human rights assistance spans seven key areas of work: Political Engagement, Institution Building, Community Security, Human Rights, Access to Justice, Transitional Justice, and Gender Justice.
In our role as integrator, UNDP increases coherence for rule of law and human rights assistance across the UN system through signature partnerships. With the UN Department for Peace Operations (DPO), UNDP facilitates rule of law efforts across the UN system through the Global Focal Point for Rule of Law. Through UNDP and UNHCR’s Global Partnership on Rule of Law and Governance, we provide integrated assistance to enable national and local partners to better fulfil their protection responsibilities and develop sustainable solutions for displaced populations and host communities. In partnership with OHCHR and the Global Alliance of National Human Rights Institutions, we support national human rights institutions as key mechanisms for oversight and accountability.