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​​​​​​​​​​Principle 1
Human Rights

  • UNDP recognizes the centrality of human rights to sustainable development, poverty alleviation and ensuring fair distribution of development opportunities and benefits and is committed to supporting “universal respect for, and observance of, human rights and fundamental freedoms for all.” (11)
  • UNDP adheres to the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) Statement of Common Understanding of the Human Rights-Based Approach to Development Cooperation and Programming (UN Common Understanding) (12) which outlines that development programmes and policies should further the realization of human rights as laid down in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other human rights instruments. UNDP’s  Strategic Plan 2014-2017 also recognizes the human rights-based approach as a key engagement principle in pursuing development outcomes. (13)
  • In furthering the realization of rights, UNDP shall both refrain from providing support for activities that may contribute to violations of a State’s human rights obligations and the core international human rights treaties (14) and seek to support the protection and fulfillment of human rights.
  • In its Programmes and Projects, UNDP will uphold the principles of accountability and the rule of law, participation and inclusion, and equality and non-discrimination, noting that prohibited grounds of discrimination include race, ethnicity, gender, age, language, disability, sexual orientation, religion, political or other opinion, national or social or geographical origin, property, birth or other status including as an indigenous person or as a member of a minority. UNDP will also ensure the meaningful, effective and informed participation of stakeholders in the formulation, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of Programmes and Projects.
  • UNDP seeks to support State efforts to meet their human rights obligations as requested, however, UNDP does not have a monitoring role with respect to human rights. In the context of UNDP Programmes and Projects, UNDP’s due diligence obligations require UNDP to monitor compliance with its policies.
(11) Charter of the United Nations, Article 1, para. 3.

(13) Changing with the World: UNDP’s Strategic Plan 2014-2017, p. 16.
(14) These include the following: International Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Racial Discrimination (1969), International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (1976), International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (1976), Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1981), Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment (1987), Convention on the Rights of the Child (1990), International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families (2003), International Convention for the Protection of All Persons from Enforced Disappearance (2010), Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (2008).​