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What We Do


Human rights, development and peace and security stand as the three core pillars of the United Nations system. At the 2005 World Summit, world leaders reaffirmed the linkages amongst these pillars and resolved to further integrate human rights into the work of the United Nations, as well as into national policies and development activities. The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) has worked closely with other parts of the United Nations system and national partners to integrate human rights into the full range of development work, including in the areas of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs)

During the past years OHCHR has increasingly been supporting country-level actions and national processes. This work aims to strengthen the integration of human rights norms and principles such as non-discrimination, participation and accountability in the context of poverty reduction strategies, policies and budget processes. Such country-level work will provide further inputs to the global advocacy and policy work of the Office, particularly in light of the forthcoming review of the MDGs implementation at the High-level Plenary Meeting of the General Assembly in 2010.