OHCHR - Strategic Partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
Promoting respect for human rights is a foreign policy goal and pillar of Swiss international cooperation, as the denial of human rights is one of the main factors of poverty. With a multi-year contribution to the Geneva-based Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, focussing on selected geographic and thematic priorities, SDC will support this organisation to better play its key role in integrating human rights in sustainable development.
Conflict & fragility
Human rights (incl. Women's rights)
|Background||Human rights are at the core of sustainable development”. They stand for equality, for participatory and inclusive societies that dismantle the structures of discrimination that drive poverty and inequality. More than 90% of SDG targets and indicators are linked to international human rights (HR) standards. This means that HR are central for the successful implementation of the SDGs and essential for SDC’s work. OHCHR is the leading UN agency for human rights and plays a key role in integrating human rights in sustainable development.|
|Objectives||Contribute to more equal, just and inclusive societies for sustainable development.|
Rights-holders: The final beneficiaries of the support are rights holders in SDC’s partner countries and regions, eg. vulnerable groups at risk to be left behind, including women and girls; youth; people with disabilities; people on the move; older persons, indigenous groups; human rights defenders; LGBTI.
Duty bearers: national duty bearers such as governments, the judiciary, the police, national human rights institutions.
UN actors: UN agencies, UN country teams, UN development actors in the field.
Outcome 1: economic, social and cultural rights are strengthened and human rights integrated in SDG implementation
Outcome 2: rule of law and accountability for human rights violations are strengthened
Outcome 3: early warning and violence prevention mechanisms in situations of conflict and insecurity are strengthened
Outcome 4: human rights in Central America are better respected, protected and promoted
Expected results: (1) Develop field-oriented thematic knowledge to help UN development actors integrate HR into work at country level;
Results from previous phases: In Honduras, OHCHR’s work has played an essential role in bringing together civil society organizations and in opening up spaces for dialogue with the government. In the area of prevention, OHCHR contributed to establishing monthly regional shared context analyses by UN actors in the field. At policy level, OHCHR has developed guidance for UN development actors on how to ensure to leave no one behind through a HR based approach and advised duty bearers at all levels to ensure that COVID responses are HR based.
|Directorate/federal office responsible||
United Nations Organization (UNO)
The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)
|Coordination with other projects and actors||
SDC country offices’ support to:
OHCHR country office in Opt
OHCHR Monitoring Mission Ukraine
OHCHR work on Nicaragua
|Budget||Current phase Swiss budget CHF 6’000’000 Swiss disbursement to date CHF 3’000’000 Total project since first phase Budget inclusive project partner CHF 936’007’534|