Access to Justice
Access to justice is at the heart of the 2030 Agenda, as sustainable peace and development cannot be achieved without justice. Within SDG 16 (Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions), states commit to provide access to justice for all, recognizing it as a key indicator of peaceful and inclusive societies. But access to justice is also instrumental in supporting inclusion and combatting discriminative practices, in achieving access to basic services, including healthcare and education, clean water and energy.
To guarantee that every individual has meaningful access to justice, mechanisms and systems need to be available for fair resolution of disputes, redress for human rights violations and accountability for wrongdoings. People need to be aware of their rights, empowered to claim them and be free to make their own choices along the process. UNDP’s Global Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights supports governments, civil society organizations and communities in their efforts to provide meaningful access to justice for all, especially for the most vulnerable groups.
UNDP-UNHCR Partnership: enhancing human rights of displaced populations and refugees
As a follow up to the pledges made during the Global Forum for Refugees, UNDP is committed to strengthening its partnership with UNHCR on the rule of law and local governance to advance durable solutions and address situations of protracted and recurrent displacement.
The specific objectives are to provide rule of law institutions with the adequate tools and knowledge to work across the humanitarian-development-peace nexus and to improve access of refugees, displaced populations and host communities to justice, safety and security, and human rights protection systems, including access to mobile services, legal assistance, alternative dispute resolution, community policing and national human rights institutions.
While existing joint collaborations have continued in at least 15 contexts, A Rule of Law and Local Governance UNHCR-UNDP Programmatic Framework and standard operating procedures (SOPs) have been developed to advance the partnership. Within this framework, UNDP is liaising closely to identify contexts where the partnership could be leveraged through the provision of financial and technical support. These efforts have led to the development of an intervention in Mozambique, Cabo Delgado – to be rolled out in 2021 with the support of the Global Programme – to enhance protection of human rights of the displaced people.
Other initiatives to bolster joint work include the development of a Rapid Diagnostic Toolkit on Local Governance, Rule of Law and Forced Displacement to support the identification of priority areas for local programmatic interventions and advocacy, as well as a study designed to capture lessons learnt and best practices of joint programming in the spheres of the rule of law and local governance.