Feature Stories


Measuring human rights to support sustainable development
Measuring human rights to support sustainable development
Traditional data collection has seldom been able to support inequality reduction policies to benefit the most vulnerable. A human rights-based approach to data can help States attain the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda.
8 April 2016
Better data, better lives
Better data, better lives
A meeting organized by the UN Human Rights Office focuses on a human rights-based approach to data collection ahead of World Statistics Day.
20 October 2015
Small arms: A disproportionate impact on women
Small arms: A disproportionate impact on women
Arms control is a human rights issue as small arms proliferation inhibits development and humanitarian efforts, says Dr. Anna Alvazzi del Frate, Research director of the NGO Small Arms Survey. Alvazzi says information is key to helping to prevent this violence.
25 November 2014
A best-seller: the users’ manual for implementation of human rights indicators
A best-seller: the users’ manual for implementation of human rights indicators
The indicators framework designed by the UN Human Rights Office to assist implementation of public policies, inclusive of the fundamental human rights principles, is fast becoming an essential tool for States, so much so, that the “how-to” Guide has become a ‘best-seller’.
28 July 2014
Tracking progress in achieving human rights goals
Tracking progress in achieving human rights goals
The United Nations looks beyond the Millennium Development Goals set fifteen years ago and begins work on the succeeding strategies, most importantly how to assess progress in reaching the agreed targets.
2 August 2013
The factual backdrop for human rights protection and development agendas
The factual backdrop for human rights protection and development agendas
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says statistics promoted by her Office can bring clarity and focus to the goal of human rights implementation.
27 May 2013
Indicators: essential tools in the realization of human rights
Indicators: essential tools in the realization of human rights
Ground breaking work from the UN Human Rights Office - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay introduces a guide to human rights indicators.
7 November 2012
Number crunching human rights
Number crunching human rights
Ground-breaking work by the UN Human Rights office helps resolve and order the reporting of progress in meeting human rights obligations.
19 March 2012
Using numbers to achieve human rights goals
Using numbers to achieve human rights goals
On World Statistics Day, UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says data enables more effective promotion, monitoring and implementation of human rights standards.
20 October 2010