DPKO Human Rights Due Dilligence Policy
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This Guidance Note was developed as a follow up to Secretary-General (SG) decision 2012/14 and in response to a need identified during the review of implementation of the Human Rights Due Diligence Policy (HRDDP) conducted in 2012. The October 2012 Update to the Policy Committee by the HRDDP Review Group states that “there is also a need for additional system wide guidance to support implementation, which should be flexible and complementary to guidance specific to each United Nations (UN) entity. The Review Group should support this aim by developing a framework for implementation of the policy at country level under the leadership and coordination of the most senior UN official in country (Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) or Resident Coordinator/Humanitarian Coordinator (RC/HC)) as well as a guidance note, including models of risk assessments, monitoring frameworks, and procedures for intervention. […The] guidance will be flexible and take into account the different contexts in which the policy may be implemented as well as the specific mandate of the UN entity concerned” and will be complementary to any specific internal guidance that may be established
by UN entities that provide support to non-UN security forces. During the second review of the policy in October 2013, the Review Group decided that the HRDDP Guidance Note should be finalized and disseminated as a matter of priority.
The Guidance Note was developed building on experience to date on the application of the HRDDP in different countries and contexts. It aims at providing a general framework for implementation at country level as well as examples and templates.