UNDP Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development: 2019 Annual Report

Paynesville, Liberia. Members of the traditional music band The Crusaders of Peace perform to welcome the attendants of the Liberian Women’s Consultative Forum. - © UN Photo/Albert Gonzalez Farran


The UNDP Global Programme on Strengthening the Rule of Law and Human Rights for Sustaining Peace and Fostering Development seeks to underpin broader UN efforts in achieving lasting peace and sustainable development. The Global Programme seeks to contribute to establishing a culture of respect for the rule of law and embedding human rights principles in UNDP’s work to build integrated and sustainable solutions for people and planet. As the Decade of Action for achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals commenced, the need to create peaceful, just, and inclusive societies has never been more crucial.  

Through the Global Programme, which funded more than 40 crisis-affected contexts in 2019 and provided technical support to many more, UNDP strives to guarantee international human rights norms and the rule of law as a cornerstone of international development. 

The Global Programme underwrites the Global Focal Point for Rule of Law (co-led by UNDP and the UN Department of Peace Operations) as well as a number of catalytic partnerships with UN Women, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, and the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights among others. In 2019, these partnerships continued to scale-up and deliver coherent rule of law and human rights assistance.

In 2019, the Global Programme was moved to the UNDP Crisis Bureau as part of newly implemented UNDP’s Global Policy Network. With elevated management; a presence in each of UNDP’s Regional Hubs; and a breadth of expertise spanning human rights, rule of law, justice, security, constitutional support and disarmament, demobilization and reintegration (DDR), the team continued to deliver programmatic, financial and policy support to the whole of UNDP.

In coordination with national partners and other actors, and with the crucial support of donors, the Global Programme focuses on seven key interlinked areas to strengthen the rule of law and human rights. This report highlights the key results per country/territory and per area in 2019.


Click on the tiles to learn more about the impact we are having, gain insight into our focus areas of work, view our finances, and read profiles on our joint engagements through the Global Focal Point for Rule of Law.

Messages from our Leaders

The Global Programme benefits from steadfast support from UNDP’s organizational leadership. Click the images or links below to see what the UNDP Administrator and the Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator, and Director of the Crisis Bureau at UNDP have to say about the importance of the rule of law and human rights in crisis-affected settings.


The Global Programme provides rule of law and human rights assistance to nearly 40 contexts affected by crisis or conflict across 5 regions of the world. To view selected results and information on our signature initiatives as well as key financial and partnership information for 2019, download our Highlights brochure below.

A judge in South Kivu, DRC, where mobile courts are key in helping to establish justice in remote villages. - © UNDP DRC/Aude Rossignol