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


In Paraguay, UNDP supported the Supreme Court of Justice to establish protocols to address sensitive human rights violations. Through the project "Paraguay protects women, children and adolescents against violence in the context of the COVID-19 emergency" and the "Gender Equality Seal for Public Institutions", two protocols were put in place. One protocol was developed for judges of the civil courts of first instance on how to support victims of domestic violence due to the large increase in cases during the pandemic. The second protocol aims to support the judiciary in dealing with cases of sexual harassment and abuse at work. It was designed at the request of the Supreme Court due to the growing number of complaints. In addition, a gender equality plan developed with UNDP’s assistance was validated by the highest judicial authorities. The plan will allow them to apply for the Gender Equality Seal (GES) certification for 2022-2023.

To reduce the levels of gender-based violence in Paraguay – femicides, in particular – UNDP and UN Women conducted research “Femicide in Paraguay: 2017-2020” that served as a basis to review the procedures for the relevant ministries to provide immediate response to cases of violence against women and girls. The results of the research were published in the end of 2021 and the review of the procedures started. It will be completed in 2022 along with the implementation of a pilot plan for immediate response to violence against women by the Ministry of Women, Ministry of Interior and UNDP.

Through a network of gender mechanisms which consists of women's and gender secretariats created within various institutions of the executive branch, UNDP conducted a survey to define the capacities and the needs of these secretariats and to design a training plan to capacitate public institutions to incorporate gender to their work. UNDP will organize the training in 2022. The curriculum will cover such institutional aspects of gender mainstreaming as gender-sensitive budgeting, planning and impact with a gender perspective, regulatory and legal frameworks for women's empowerment and gender equity.

Key Results: Paraguay

Two protocols were established to support the judiciary in considering cases of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and addressing complaints related to sexual harassment and abuse in the workplace.

UNDP and UN Women completed research serving as a basis for a pilot plan implemented by Paraguay’s national institutions and UNDP to reduce the levels of femicide in the country.

A training plan was elaborated to capacitate public institutions of the executive branch to mainstream gender.