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The United Nations Programme Of Technical Cooperation In The Field Of Human Rights

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Where human dignity and human lives are at stake prevention must be seen both as a strategic priority and a moral imperative for the international community. Yet the technical cooperation programme remains one of the least known and least understood elements of United Nations (UN) strategy in this field. This chapter talks about the technical programme approach and objectives, the mandate and evolution of the programme, the programme methodology, and finally, the trends in technical cooperation. The principal objective of the technical cooperation programme is prevention, through the strengthening of domestic human rights capacity. With the end of the Cold War, and the emergence of a global trend toward democratisation and human rights reforms, however, the number of States requesting assistance under the programme have multiplied several-fold. The creation of the post of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNHCHR) has proved important for the programme.

Keywords: human rights; technical cooperation programme; UNHCHR



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