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Human Rights Indicators

Tools for measuring progress

Human rights indicators are essential in the implementation of human rights standards and commitments, to support policy formulation, impact assessment and transparency.
  
OHCHR has developed a framework of indicators to respond to a longstanding demand to develop and deploy appropriate statistical indicators in furthering the cause of human rights.

One of the recommendations of the World Conference on Human Rights in Vienna was the use and analysis of indicators to help measure progress in human rights.
 
Several years of research and consultation went into the development of this tool. It was guided by the principles of universality, impartiality, objectivity and cooperation to strengthen the capacity of Member States in meeting their human rights obligations.
  
This framework is already being applied by national governments, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organisations worldwide.

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Key Publications


A Human Rights Based Approach to Data - Leaving No One Behind in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Guidance Note to Data Collection and Disaggregation

A Human Rights Based Approach to Data - Leaving No One Behind in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development

Providing elements of a common understanding on a Human Rights-Based Approach to Data (HRBAD), with a focus on issues of data collection and disaggregation to leave no-one behind in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Human Rights Indicators: A Guide to Measurement and Implementation

A Guide to Measurement and Implementation


A guide to developing quantitative and qualitative indicators to measure progress in the implementation of international human rights norms and principles.

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Human Rights Indicators Tables – Updated with SDG Indicators

Human Rights Indicators Tables – Updated with SDG IndicatorsUpdated illustrative tables of human rights indicators taking into account the global indicator framework adopted by the United Nations General Assembly to measure the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development (A/RES/71/313).

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Feature Stories


Measuring human rights to support sustainable development

 The UN Human Rights Office indicators measure progress in human rights policy development and implementation © Paraguay Government publicationTraditional 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.

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