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Rule of Law

UNITAR, in line with the framework set by the UN Secretary-General, engages in various activities aimed at establishing and strengthening the rule of law at the national, regional and international level. To this extent, UNITAR develops and implements capacity building initiatives for the benefit of Member States, institutions and key actors at all levels with the aim of enhancing a worldwide compliance to international principles, norms and standards while advancing a culture of peace, democracy, justice and respect of human rights.

In the midst of its initiatives, UNITAR learning-related events aim at assisting societies devastated by conflict or emerging from repressive rule to re-establish the rule of law and come to terms with large-scale violations of human rights. UNITAR offers a variety of training activities related to transitional justice and human rights, in order to ensure accountability, serve justice and achieve reconciliation. Particular emphasis is dedicated to the range of factors embedded in these fields: addressing root causes of conflicts; ensuring accountability for human rights (civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights); prevention of the discrimination of vulnerable groups (such as minorities, women, and children); and reinforcement of good governance institutions, as well as judiciary and security sectors.

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