Human Rights up Front: An initiative to strengthen United Nations preventive work

Jan 29, 2016 12:07 IST

Human Rights up Front: An initiative to strengthen United Nations preventive work

The term Human Rights up Front initiative was in news on 28 January 2016 as Deputy Secretary general in his address to UN General Assembly called the Member states, the Security Council along with ECOSOC (UN Economic and Social Council) to play important role in promoting the approaches and changes, which the initiative seeks to achieve.

The initiative was launched by Secretary General Ban-Ki moon in December 2013 to prevent and respond to serious violations of human rights and humanitarian law.

The initiative is all about improving how the UN system functions and how staff members are to perform.

It aims to help the organization to act more coherently across peace and security, development, and human rights which are the pillars of the work.

It brought three types of changes to backup its systemic failure in prevention and violations of humanitarian law. They are:

Cultural change: To make sure that it’s staff understand their prevention responsibilities and pursue them.

Operational change: To ensure that it works on the basis of shared analysis.

Enhanced engagement:  it ensures to have enhanced engagement with Member States.

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