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Mainstreaming Human Rights In The United Nations

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Mainstreaming human rights is a concept that has survived the nightmare of many short-lived ideas, the most spectacular moments of which have been their announcements. The concept of mainstreaming human rights made a career after the first reform report by the Secretary-General, Mr. Kofi Annan, entitled Renewing the United Nations: A Programme for Reform published on 14 July 1997. The World Summit acknowledged that peace and security, development and human rights are the pillars of the United Nations system and the foundations for collective security and wellbeing. They are interlinked and mutually reinforcing. Mainstreaming in the area of development initially consisted in integrating human rights language into the policy statements of the relevant agencies and programmes. This gave rise to the gradual appearance of human rights references and methodologies in operational documents. Finally, some assessment of mainstreaming in the context of the OHCHR programme is presented.

Keywords: mainstreaming human rights; OHCHR; security system; United Nations



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