Cooperation with the UN

The two UN bodies that ENNHRI collaborates most closely with are the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The need for such cooperation has been formally recognised by the strategic Tripartite Partnership between ICC, UNDP and OHCHR in support of NHRIs Worldwide. The partnership aims at better coordinating and leveraging the knowledge, expertise and capacity to strengthen the effectiveness of NHRIs.

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

OHCHR is a part of the United Nations Secretariat with the headquarters in Geneva and has a unique mandate from the international community to promote and protect all human rights. Strengthening international human rights mechanisms is one of OHCHR’s main priorities.

National Institutions, Regional Mechanisms and Civil Society Section (NIRMCSS)

The National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Unit (NIRMCSS) of the OHCHR supports the establishment and strengthening of NHRIs and works closely with NHRIs to support them in the implementation of their broad mandates to promote and protect human rights. It also acts as the ICC Secretariat.

In accordance with Human Rights Council resolution 5/1, NHRIs with “A” status accreditation, the ICC and the regional coordinating bodies of NHRIs (speaking on behalf of its “A” status members) are entitled to participate, make an oral statement, or submit written documentation such as statements, reports, policy papers, etc. to the Human Rights Council

More information about OHCHR and NHRIs is available here.

OHCHR Regional Office for Europe
OHCHR Regional Office for Europe works to facilitate the integration of the UN’s human rights standards at EU level, with the joint goal of helping address human rights challenges in Europe. It also seeks to ensure the integration of the UN’s human rights perspective in external EU policies and activities. ENNHRI works closely with the OHCHR Regional Office for Europe, through collaboration in thematic conferences or projects, and sharing information on issues arising in their shared geographic remit.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

UNDPS’s mission is to help achieve the eradication of poverty, and the reduction of inequalities and exclusion. UNDP thus works, among others, on to protect the rule of law, justice, security and human rights.
UNDP supports and collaborates with NHRIs in the following areas:

  • addressing institutional, architectural and operational challenges faced by NHRIs; NHRIs and democratic governance;
  • business and human rights;
  • information and knowledge management;
  • the Universal Periodic Review process, Treaty Bodies and Special Procedures;
  • the consolidation of the Capacity Assessment and Gap Analysis methodologies;
  • the role of NHRIs in conflict and post-conflict situations.