Impact by Regions, Countries & Territories

UNDP’s Global Programme supports crisis-affected contexts across all regions to strengthen the rule of law and human rights. In this section, we present five regional overviews, detailing our priorities and approach depending on the context, as well as feature select country and territory results from 2021.

Five contexts from the list (Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Haiti, Mali and Yemen) illustrate the achievements of the Global Focal Point for the Rule of Law (GFP). In peacekeeping missions and transition settings, UNDP’s Global Programme works through the GFP to deliver integrated assistance with our UN partners.

GFP Global Focal Point Highlights

Côte d'Ivoire

In Côte d'Ivoire, UNDP supported the development and the validation of a National Human Rights Plan, the country’s roadmap for the implementation of the recommendations received as an outcome of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). The Plan foresees more than 350 activities articulated around eight axes covering the full range of human rights concerns in the country. These are (i) Protection of and respect for civil and political rights; (ii) Protection of and respect for economic, social and cultural rights; (iii) Respect for gender equality and elimination of gender-based violence; (iv) Respect for and protection of the rights of the child; (v) Rights of vulnerable groups; (vi) Transitional justice and democratic transition; (vii) Implementation of international human rights obligations; and (viii) Strengthening of human rights institutions and good governance. A mechanism for monitoring the implementation and measurement of the progress was also included into the Plan following UNDP’s consultations and advocacy.

Fighting against gender-based violence and sexual abuse of children has become one of the priorities of the justice system in Côte d'Ivoire. Due to UNDP’s assistance to the judiciary, 562 criminal cases related to these crimes were investigated and perpetrators stood trial.

In 2021, the rate of pre-trial detention in Côte d'Ivoire decreased by 39.18 percent according to the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights. This was achieved with UNDP's support which enabled more efficient judicial processes and access to legal aid. As a result, the backlog of criminal cases was reduced allowing for the decongestion of detention centres and limited the spread of COVID-19 in places of deprivation of liberty.

UNDP organized trainings for 45 magistrates and 45 court clerks (including 12 women) on the procedures and requirements for criminal enforcement brought by the latest provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code. Overall, UNDP’s support has made a significant contribution to improving the criminal justice system by enabling national bodies to effectively enforce court decisions, particularly fines, to ensure sound management of court activities, proper application of laws and regulations, better promotion and protection of human rights.

Key Results: Côte d'Ivoire

A National Human Rights Plan was adopted with 350 activities identified to implement the UPR recommendations.

562 criminal cases related to gender-based violence and sexual abuse of children were investigated and brought to court.

The rate of pre-trial detention in Côte d'Ivoire decreased by 39.18% in 2021.

45 magistrates and 45 court clerks, including 12 women, received training on the practical use of the latest provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code to ensure effective enforcement of court decisions.