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Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

'Human Rights Up Front' Initiative

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon with Malala Yousafzai, the young education rights campaigner from Pakistan. UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe

Briefing Member States in November 2013, the Secretary-General said he had launched an initiative to improve UN response to complex crises to "prevent horrendous human suffering." UN Photo

A new initiative by the Secretary-General to improve UN action to safeguard human rights around the world


The need for early action, and the crucial role of responding early to human rights violations, is at the heart of the “Human Rights up Front” initiative.

“Human Rights up Front” is framed in terms of the protection of human rights, but it also includes the task of protection of civilians. In this context, the importance of preventive efforts is consistently emphasized.

Another central aspect of the Human Rights up Front Action Plan is better organizational preparedness by the UN. The Secretariat, Funds and Programmes are to ensure that the UN System, both on the ground and at HQ, is appropriately prepared – early on – to deal with evolving crisis situations.