United Nations Human Rights up Front Initiative


Human Rights up Front is a Secretary-General initiative to strengthen prevention of serious concerns that cut across the UN’s three pillars of peace and security, development, and human rights. The initiative seeks to bring the UN System together in a way that is mutually supportive, helps prevention, and prioritizes human rights. In the worst situations, the initiative also seeks to prevent the most serious life-threatening violations.

The initiative aims to realize a cultural change within the UN system, so all staff and UN entities conduct their work with an awareness of their wider responsibility to support the UN Charter and overall UN mandates. It encourages staff to take a principled stance and to act with moral courage to prevent serious and large-scale violations, and pledges Headquarters support for those who do so. It also seeks operational change, and change in UN engagement with Member States.