'Human Rights Up Front' Initiative

An initiative by the Secretary-General to strengthen prevention and improve UN action

Human Rights up Front is a Secretary-General initiative to strengthen prevention of serious concerns that cut across the UN’s three pillars of peace and security, development, and human rights. The initiative seeks to bring the UN System together in a way that is mutually supportive, helps prevention, and prioritises human rights. In the worst situations, the initiative also seeks to prevent the most serious life-threatening violations.

The initiative aims to realize a cultural change within the UN system, so all staff and UN entities to conduct their work with an awareness of their wider responsibility to support the UN Charter and overall UN mandates. It encourages staff to take a principled stance and to act with moral courage to prevent serious and large-scale violations, and pledges Headquarters support for those who do so. It also seeks operational change, and change in UN engagement with Member States.


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Videos

A film that provides UN staff with an overview of the Human Rights up
Front initiative, including interviews with senior UN officials (9 August 2016)

 

Opening Remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
at an informal meeting of the General Assembly on the
Human Rights up Front initiative (27 January 2016)

Closing Remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson
at an informal meeting of the General Assembly on the
Human Rights up Front initiative (27 January 2016)

Remarks by UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson at a panel
discussion on Human Rights up Front on the occasion of
Human Rights Day 2015 (9 December 2015)

Video message by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the
occasion of Human Rights Day 2014 (2 December 2014)

South Sudan - In their Own Words: Ken Payumo's Story
(14 November 2014)

UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson briefs the press on the
Human Rights up Front initiative (19 December 2013)

(Extract) UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon briefs the
General Assembly on recent activities (11 November 2013)