Lessons Learned and Good Practices Workshop on UN Human Rights Due Diligence Policy’s Mitigation Measures

05/12/2016 - 06/12/2016

Issued on 13 July 2011 as Secretary-General decision 2011/18, the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) on United Nations Support to non-UN Security Forces sets out principles and measures to mainstream human rights in the support provided by UN entities to non-UN security forces. The policy was developed by a UN inter-agency mechanism, the Review Group, which has remained in place to oversee implementation at the global level. The Review Group, which is co-led by DPKO and OHCHR and includes UNDP, the UN Department of Political Affairs (DPA), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the UN Office of Legal Affairs (OLA), UNHCR, the UN Office of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict (SRSG/CAAC), UNICEF and the UN Peacebuilding Support Office (PBSO), conducted reviews of policy implementation in 2012 and 2013. 

Efforts to implement the policy in a variety of contexts have generated growing practice and new methodologies and procedures have been developed. Over a period of five years, the application of the HRDDP has prompted new ideas about the way the UN should engage with security forces, as well as other national actors, who may commit human rights violations. As noted by the Review Group in its 2013 review, implementing the HRDDP has pointed to the need to compile good practices, in particular examples of cases of support where the HRDDP has been applied and how they have been implemented and monitored, in order to increase understanding of the policy in the UN, as well as to support and guide UN entities in applying it.

In order to contribute to effective implementation of the policy across the UN system and to facilitate the exchange of experience and documentation of relevant practice, OHCHR Methodology, Training and Education Section (METS) will organize a workshop that will bring together participants involved in implementing the HRDDP in the field (from peace operations, as well as from UNCTs), members of the Review Group and external experts.

The workshop will focus on discussion and documentation of good practices related to mitigation measures. This will include the mitigation measures outlined in the 2015 HRDDP Guidance Note developed by the Review Group, other measures applied by operations, agencies, funds and programmes and proposals for potential measures to be used in the future.

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As part of the workshop:

  • Share experiences and lessons learned on implementation of mitigation measures in mission and non-mission contexts;
  • Take stock of progress and capture good practices on HRDDP mitigation measures, including the application of the measures contained in the 2015 HRDDP Guidance Note;
  • Identify gaps in terms of policy guidance and support and opportunities arising from policy implementation;
  • Obtain proposals and suggestions for further development and identification of new types of  mitigation measures.

Outcome objectives of mandate

The objective of the workshop is to identify good practices in HRDDP mitigation measures on the basis of sharing experiences and lessons learned and develop proposals for further measures that will be reflected in additional guidance as needed.

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