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New Report: UN Good Practices on how the UPR process supports sustainable development.

The report is based on 60+ experiences from various countries and entities. See key tools and trends on how UNCTs and UN entities engage with the UPR process and maximize the UPR recommendations in their work to support the Agenda 2030. The report also highlights key trends and challenges in the UN engagement with the UPR. The report is available here.

Stories from the field” was developed under the auspices of the UNDG-Human Rights Mainstreaming Mechanism (UNDG-HRM).  The publication can be accessed on the UNDG website here and on the UN practitioners’ portal on Human Rights Based Approaches to programming here.

This case study publication offers concrete examples of how human rights have been mainstreamed in practice and the value that human rights mainstreaming brings to development.  It offers a snapshot of UN country teams (UNCTs’) efforts in integrating human rights into development that have yielded positive results in such diverse areas as prison reform, addressing discrimination, and integrating human rights in local water and sanitation development planning.  It highlights the critical role that UNCTs play in supporting efforts by national actors to integrate human rights into national development programmes and policies, drawing on the UN’s convening power, normative role and impartiality.

 

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Overview

The Human Rights Mainstreaming Multi-Donor Trust Fund (HRM Fund) supports the UN Development System’s (UNDS) efforts to respond to the call by Member States for UNDS entities to assist countries in their efforts to respect and fulfil their human rights obligations and commitments, including as a critical tool to operationalize the 2030 Agenda’s pledge to leave no one behind. Leveraging the opportunities presented by the UNDS repositioning, the Fund enables the empowered, independent UN Resident Coordinators and new generation UN Country Teams to advance the values of the UN Charter and ensure that human rights are at the heart of the implementation of the 2030 Agenda through coherent, system-wide policies and coordinated inter-agency action at all levels.

Assistance Strategy

The HRM Fund builds on the investments in the United Nations development system (UNDS), including the RC system and the agencies, funds and programmes of the UNSDG. The vision of the Fund is aligned with the UN Charter and the responsibilities and mandates of the UNDS; it contributes towards the achievement of Member States’ expectations of the repositioned UNDS in supporting countries to implement the 2030 Agenda and their efforts to respect and fulfil their human rights obligations and commitments under international law, as a critical tool to operationalize the pledge to leave no one behind through implementation of human rights, as outlined in relevant resolutions of the General Assembly including the 2020 QCPR.  Investments in the HRM Fund will contribute towards the achievement of the Secretary-General’s Call to Action for Human Rights and “Our Common Agenda” (launched in 2021).

Overall goal- The UN development system contributes to a society where all people enjoy their human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the right to development and the right to a healthy environment without discrimination and are empowered to be active partners in development in accordance with the 2030 Agenda and its promise to leave no one behind. 

Vision- Human rights are at the core of UN development system work at all levels, resident coordinators and UN country teams build the capacities of duty bearers and strive to empower rights holders as active agents in development and will uphold their inherent dignity and rights to ensure no one is left behind. 

Mission- To support the UNDS, particularly the country level, to fully integrate human rights in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda, putting people at the centre of development and systematically applying a human rights-based approach, including through the implementation of the Secretary-General’s Call to Action for Human Rights. OVERALL GOAL The UN development system contributes to a society where all people enjoy their human rights, including civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, as well as the right to development and the right to a healthy environment without discrimination and are empowered to be active partners in development in accordance with the 2030 Agenda and its promise to leave no one behind. 

Governance 

Steering Committee 

The HRM Fund is managed by a Steering Committee comprised of representatives at senior, decision-making level from up to six Participating Organizations which have signed the MOU, with OHCHR to serve as the Chair. The Steering Committee sets the strategic direction of the Fund, reviews funding proposals and approves allocations.

Technical Secretariat 

The Secretariat provides operational coordination and technical support to the HRM Fund.  It will be hosted by the UN Development Coordination Office to facilitate the Secretariat’s support to inter-agency coordination, institutional linkages between the Fund and the UNSDG and its working mechanisms, and the   coordination of, support to, and communication with, RCs and UNCTs and Regional UNSDG structures as required to achieve the Fund’s objectives. The Secretariat provides overall coordination and facilitation support to the Steering Committee, Participating UN Organizations, and the Administrative Agent.

Administrative Agent 

The Multi-Partner Trust Fund (MPTF) Office is the Administrative Agent for the HRM Fund. It is responsible for the receipt, administration and management of contributions from donors, disbursement of funds to Participating Organizations, and consolidation and dissemination of progress reports to the donors.  

Participating United Nations Organizations 

UN Organizations that participate in the Fund sign a standard memorandum of understanding with the Administrative Agent.  Operating under their own financial regulations, rules and policies, each organization assumes full financial and programmatic accountability for the funds disbursed to it by the Administrative Agent and for the implementation of the project.  Participating Organizations provide financial and narrative progress reports to the Administrative Agent on their activities, as described in the memorandum of understanding.

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Key Figures
Funding Status
Participating Organizations are required to submit final year-end expenditures by April 30 in the following year; Interim expenditure figures are submitted on a voluntary basis and therefore current year figures are not final until the year-end expenditures have been submitted.
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Funds with Administrative Agent
Contributions from Donors 37,277,204  
Interest and Investment Income (from Fund) 281,817  
Interest (from Participating Organizations) 1,094  
Total source of funds   37,560,115
Transferred to Participating Organizations 32,166,169  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -616,175  
Administrative Agent Fee 372,772  
Direct Cost 5,579,806  
Bank Charges 1,145  
Total use of funds   37,503,717
Balance with Administrative Agent   56,397
As a percentage of deposits   0.2%
Funds with Participating Organizations
Transfers to Participation Organizations 37,913,983  
Total resources   37,913,983
Participating Organizations' Expenditure 33,176,905  
Refunds from Participating Organizations -784,183  
Total expenses     33,961,088
Balance with Participating Organizations   3,952,895
As a percentage of transfers   10.4%
Total Balance of Funds   4,009,293
As a percentage of deposits   10.8%
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Contacts

For Human Rights Mainstreaming Fd

Ms. Brianna Harrison, Policy Specialist, Human Rights, UN Development Coordination  Office

Tel: +1 212 906 5017; Email: brianna.harrison@un.org

 

For Fund Administrative Agent Issues

Multi-Partner Trust Fund Office (MPTF Office), Bureau for Management Services, United Nations Development Programme; Fax: +1 212 906 6990;  

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