Meaningful progress towards sustainable human development, inclusion and stability can be better achieved through measures that promote and protect human rights and ensure effective participation of minorities in such efforts. Discrimination and exclusion of national or ethnic, religious and linguistic minorities undermine efforts to achieve poverty reduction, the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), democratic governance, environmental sustainability and conflict prevention. In contrast, effective participation of minorities enriches decisionmaking, and helps us plan, implement and monitor sustainable and effective solutions to development challenges.
“Marginalised Minorities in Development Programming: A UNDP Resource Guide and Toolkit”, a joint initiative between UNDP, the UN Independent Expert on Minority Issues and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, highlights the positive impact that the integration of minority issues can have on development programming processes. While recognizing that diverse development situations involve different challenges and require specific solutions, the document provides practical guidance by drawing on various standards and principles and by providing examples and entry points. The Guide is primarily intended for UNDP country office practitioners and those with policy advisory responsibilities, but it may also serve as a reference document for other UN agencies, multilateral organizations, government counterparts and institutions, and civil society organizations.
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