The UN’s normative work includes human rights advocacy and protection, and promoting international regulations and guidelines. The UN’s normative agenda supports the Government to achieve its commitments, particularly in the area of workers’ rights, child rights, and governance and meeting its obligations to international instruments, regulations, guidelines, and protocols. Gender is a crosscutting consideration in all the six thematic areas of the UN’s focus.
While UN normative support to the Government is not resource intensive, its impact on the country’s standing in the international community is extremely important. It brings Afghanistan’s policy and legal frameworks into the membership of states that adhere to globally accepted human rights, including in the environmental, labour, development and international security domains.
The UN’s support will focus on specific aspects of the ANPDF that relate to the internationally recognized human rights of women and men, and girls and boys and ensuring they are respected, protected and fulfilled through compliance with international obligations, harmonization of national legislation and regular public reporting. It will contribute to the shaping of national policies and programmes observing international norms and standards, including multilateral agreements and the Sustainable Development Agenda. The normative work will also strive to provide robust data, information and statistics management, in line with international standards, informs evidence-based decision-making across all sectors.