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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 assistance to national partners in over 40 contexts to build resilient communities supported by just and inclusive institutions.  

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.

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South Sudan: UNDP promotes the rule of law and human rights through community outreach activities.
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The graduation ceremony for 250 female police officers from Afghanistan at the UNDP-supported Sivas Police Training Center in Turkey aims to increase female participation in the police force.
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A volunteer paralegal at a UNDP-supported legal aid clinic in Burundi provides guidance to a couple on their rights and the resources available.
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UNDP supports the realization of victim' rights to truth, justice, and reparations and measures to prevent a repetition of human rights violations in the future.

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