Human Rights



The United Nations is committed to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights which guides the work of the entire UN system. UN Ghana supports the Government of Ghana in its efforts to ensure that all Ghanaians can fully enjoy their human rights.

UN Ghana strongly supports promoting and upholding human rights for all – that all human beings are born free and equal. These principles are the backbone of everything the UN does in Ghana. Therefore, the UN Ghana strategic plan UNDAF is based on human rights.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015 are grounded in international human rights law. The 2030 Agenda offers critical opportunities to further advance the realisation of human rights for all people everywhere, without discrimination. They strive to leave no-one behind, envisaging “a world of universal respect for human rights and human dignity, the rule of law, justice, equality and non-discrimination; of respect for race, ethnicity and cultural diversity; and of equal opportunity permitting the full realisation of human potential and contributing to shared prosperity.”

The 2030 Agenda reaffirms the importance of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other international instruments relating to human rights and international law, emphasising the responsibilities of all States “to respect, protect and promote human rights and fundamental freedoms for all, without distinction of any kind as to race, colour, sex, language, religion, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth, disability or other status” such as sexual orientation or gender identity.

The UN Country Team in Ghana has set up an inter-agency task team to ensure that the voices of all Ghanaians, including vulnerable groups of people, are considered in the UNDAF.

The UN works closely with partners on promoting and ensuring human rights. One of the most recent activities, was a human rights risk analysis in May 2016: UN Ghana in cooperation with the regional United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (UNOHCHR) and a wide range of national human rights experts, organisations, academics and institutions analysed current and future human rights challenges in the country.

The cooperation between UN Ghana and UNOHCHR is close, for instance on the latest UN Human Rights Committee’s review of Ghana under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) in June and July 2016. The UN Country Team has followed the process closely, and will at both inter-agency and agency level support national agencies and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in following up on the final recommendations from the Committee.