Democratic Governance

and Peacebuilding

Human Rights, Access to Justice and Rule of Law

UNDP seeks to understand what barriers to the rule of law people face and how to best lend our support in their quest to overcome them and to receive effective justice and security. We understand that an unjust world cannot deliver the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and we know that strengthening the rule of law and advancing human rights and access to justice is a long-term investment in people, peace and the planet that will accelerate the achievement of the SDGs and realise enormous dividends in sustainable development.

UNDP works closely at regional level with OHCHR and the Asia-Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) through the Tripartite Partnership between UNDP, OHCHR and the Global Alliance of NHRIs, supporting NHRIs in our region to assess and address their needs for capacity-strengthening, as well as targeted regional support on key emerging issues such as LGBTI rights through the framework of our programme Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific.

UNDP also has a strong partnership in the Asia-Pacific region that convenes governments, the private sector actors, civil society and national human rights institutions to mobilize action on human rights within the business community.

UNDP in Asia-Pacific drives progress on business and human rights through technical advisory, awareness raising, and capacity building support to governments, businesses, civil society organizations and independent National Human Rights Institutions. Partnering with an array of champions including, media professionals, technical experts and human rights defenders, we work to ensure the effective implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, with a particular focus on National Action Plan development and remedy provision. Among our priority areas are women’s rights, land rights, labour rights, and environmental rights.

The implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles will help countries in Asia-Pacific meet the targets of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals.

Programmes and Initiatives

Business and Human Rights in Asia-Pacific
Being LGBTI in Asia and the Pacific

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