Human rights as the foundation for change

Putting people at the heart of all transformational programming

The UN and HRBA

UN agencies came together in 2003 to adopt a Common Understanding on Human rights-based approaches to development cooperation and programming. The Common Understanding aims to ensure that a HRBA is applied consistently at the global, regional and country level. See how the UN is mainstreaming HRBA in its work here.

Training Materials

The UN Common Learning Package on HRBA (CLP) aims to strengthen the capacity of UN staff to apply a HRBA to UN common country programming. Practitioners can access the CLP as well as sector-specific training and learning materials on HRBA here.

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There is virtually no aspect of the UN’s work that does not have a human rights dimension. Whether we are talking about peace and security, development, humanitarian action, climate change, none of these challenges can be addressed in isolation from human rights. The UN portal on HRBA profiles a comprehensive range of topics.

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HuriTALK Corner

The UN’s Human Rights policy network – HuriTALK – brings together over 2000 practitioners from various regions to share experiences, lessons learned and examples of good practice in mainstreaming human rights in their work Read More


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