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

Guinea (Conakry)

Following the military coup d'état of 5 September 2021, caused in part by years of poor governance, corruption and repeated violations of individual and collective rights, the new transitional authorities committed to improve the rule of law and justice in Guinea. They also committed to strengthening the independence of the judiciary and to improving the fight against impunity and corruption. Upon the request of the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, UNDP provided support to improve the legal and regulatory criminal and correction framework. In December 2021, two workshops were therefore held: firstly one with experts from the Ministry of Justice and Human Rights as well as magistrates, and then a larger validation workshop with members of the gendarmerie and police as well as civil society representatives, including lawyers. This approach made it possible to draft a framework that brought together 58 operational texts to ease the implementation of the Criminal Procedure Code. The adoption of this legislation is planned for 2022 and is expected to bring positive effects, such as allowing for alternative measures to detention and relieving congestion in penitentiary establishments.

Before the change of regime, UNDP had supported the evaluation of the achievements of the 2015-2019 Justice Reform Priority Action Plan and the development of a Roadmap of Priority Actions for Justice and Human Rights for 2022-2024. The new authorities have committed to the continuation of these reforms in 2022, with the support of UNDP. The implementation of the justice roadmap, as well as of the penal and prison policies, will improve access to justice for the most vulnerable citizens that cannot afford legal representation and is expected to increase public confidence in the justice system.

To further support the security sector, UNDP organized a training for 26 defence and security forces officers and magistrates, including three women, on techniques to fight and prosecute cybercrimes.

UNDP also supported the deployment of 650 soldiers to MINUSMA, through the capacity reinforcement of the Training and Peacekeeping Operations Centre (CEOMP), and the organization of training sessions needed for such deployments, including on human rights principles and civil-military relationships.

In cooperation with General Direction for Civil Protection at the Guinean Ministry of Security and Civil Protection, UNDP trained 100 young volunteers between the ages of 18 to 30, amongst them 41 women, from N'Zérékoré region in first aid techniques to compensate for the lack of medical facilities. This will enable citizens to save lives in situations where first aid is required. The experience will be replicated in the regions of Kankan, Labé and Kindia.

Workshop participants
Participants of the workshop organized by UNDP to raise awareness about the Civil Code among civil regional registrars, August 2021.Photo: UNDP

Key Results: Guinea (Conakry)

To enhance registration of civil acts, 174 civil registrars, including 36 women, from rural communities in the regions of Labé, Mamou and Faranah and local civil society activists were trained on the new provisions of the Civil Code to ensure that they will implement new provisions related to birth, death, and wedding certificates.

UNDP conducted two studies to identify shortcomings and propose recommendations to modernize the methods of the technical and scientific units of the national police.

As part of the fight against the proliferation and illicit circulation of small arms and light weapons, UNDP together with OCWAR-C, the «West African Response on Cybersecurity and Fight against Cybercrime», collected 39 individual firearms, 12 grenades and 2,708 rounds of automatic weapons in région forestière in the Southern part of the country.