Peace, Security and Human Rights Programme

The peace, security and human rights programme portfolio consists of 63 projects valued at $51.6 million as at 31 December 2005. The programme is focused primarily on funding United Nations supported programmes related to recovery from natural disasters, including increasing the United Nations disaster response capacity; the protection of women and children in armed conflict and post-conflict situations; strengthening good governance and the rule of law; and the promotion of human rights.

In the area of human rights, the United Nations Foundation (UNF) and UNFIP provided funds to respond to the high number of allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by United Nations peacekeeping personnel in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Department of Peacekeeping Operations, as the implementing partner, developed model guidance and training materials.

In the area of good governance and the rule of law, funding has been provided to the International Court of Justice to conduct a forum for senior legal advisers on how to streamline the procedures pertaining to the jurisdiction and proceedings of and access to the Court.

UNF and UNFIP have also supported a grant to the UN Department of Political Affairs to strengthen democratic governance in Latin America. With the overall goal of developing a regional strategy for reform of the security sector, this project focuses on aspects such as cooperative security policies, confidence-building and civilian leadership of the armed forces.

In addition, support was provided to UNDP to provide immediate relief to the victims of the earthquake on 8 October 2005 in Pakistan. These funds contributed to the United Nations effort to provide transitional shelters for the victims affected by the earthquake.

Further, the United Nations capacity to efficiently respond to natural disasters was strengthened by a joint effort of the World Food Programme and the United Nations Foundation. Through this cooperation, the United Nations will create a communications system that will deliver critical information to the humanitarian community in a timely manner by delivering emergency alerts by e-mail and short message service (SMS) to registered users in the occurrence of a natural disaster.