Our roadmap

Every four years, UN Human Rights outlines a roadmap for its work in the OHCHR Management Plan. The 2018-20121 roadmap is comprised of six thematic pillars that form the solid base on which our Office continues to stand. These are:

Enhance equality and counter discrimination: The rise of social media has triggered the spread of hateful messages that fuel discrimination. However, the 2030 Agenda and its commitment to 'leave no one behind' have created a momentum in favour of equality and non-discrimination. We promote equality and counter discrimination.

Increase implementation of the outcomes of the international human rights mechanisms: The work performed by human rights bodies – monitoring and analysis of human rights situations, interaction with States and a wide array of stakeholders – helps to identify strengths and weaknesses in human rights law and practice, and creates opportunities for reform. The support that we provide to the mechanisms is a core element of our work.

Strengthen the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations: The costs of lawlessness are evident in failures of justice and impunity for crimes, conflict over unaddressed grievances, and oppressive, unaccountable rule. The world needs governance systems in which all duty bearers are accountable to laws that are consistent with international human rights norms and standards. We work with our partners to strengthen the rule of law and accountability for human rights violations.

Enhance participation and protecting civic space: Participation in public life by rights holders and organizations that represent them is a fundamental principle of human rights. Participation also improves the efficacy of political systems, as well as policy development and implementation. We work to protect civic space and those who stand up for human rights.

Prevent violations and strengthen protection of human rights, including in situations of conflict and insecurity: Human rights violations are at the root causes of conflict and insecurity which, in turn, invariably result in further violations of human rights. As such, action to protect and promote human rights has inherent preventive power.

Advance sustainable development through human rights: Human rights create conditions essential for sustainable development. The 2030 Agenda recognizes that inclusive and participative economies, and societies in which government is accountable, achieve better outcomes for all people, leaving no one behind.

'Shifting' for greater human rights impact

To leverage greater human rights impact, we seek to "shift" our overall approach to obtain greater coherence across all we do, wherever we do it. To this end, in each of our six pillars, we integrate focused emphasis on four "shift" areas. These shifts help to better focus and unite our efforts across and within the pillars so that, as one Office, we deepen our expertise, strengthen our partnerships and scale up our human rights results.

These shift areas are:

  • Working to protect and expand civic space
  • Promoting human rights in the context of frontier issues such as:
    • Climate change
    • Digital space and emerging technologies
    • Corruption
    • Inequalities
    • People on the move
  • Helping prevent conflict, violence and insecurity
  • Supporting a global constituency for human rights

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