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The UN System supports the country in the preparatory phase of the World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Brazil.

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Human Rights

Promoting awareness on human rights

UNDP Brazil Country Office supports the Government's efforts in promoting Human Rights through different initiatives. Project BRA/96/015, for instance, was a successful partnership aimed at promoting the equal participation of women to the 1996 local elections in line with the Beijing Declaration. Project BRA/96/013 - "Citizenship and Human Rights" supports the implementation of the First National Human Rights Plan (1996-2001) in partnership with the Secretariat of State for Human Rights of the Ministry of Justice. This project, which responds to the necessity of providing the population with universal awareness of their rights and by promoting juridical assistance, access to justice and legal protection to the poorest layer of the population, is being implemented with the instrumental contribution of NGOs, thus establishing an important dialogue between the civil society and the government.

Since January 1999, a Human Rights Specialist has been deployed in the Country Office under HURIST (Human Rights Strengthening), a joint UNDP-OHCHR (Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights) programme aimed at assisting governments of developing countries in promoting Human Rights. Besides promoting the integration of Human Rights principles into UNDP projects and programmes, the Human Rights Specialist acts as a focal point for the High Commissioner for Human Rights. This has facilitated UNDP's support to OHCHR's activities in the country, such as the High Commissioner's visit in May 2000 and its follow up (Needs Assessment Mission) in June 2001, the visit of the Special Rapporteur on Torture in August/September 2000 and the divulgation of his Report on Torture in Brazil (pdf format)in April 2001.

In February 2001, the Country Office, with the support and financing from other UN agencies operating in the country, contracted a consultant for the preparation of projects aimed at fighting Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance in Brazil and the integration of these concerns into UN projects and programmes.

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