The database provides easy access to international legal language contained in over 1,700 documents adopted by UN or regional bodies. It serves stakeholders, including diplomats and civil society representatives as a basis for strong argumentation and allows for more coherent and efficient negotiation processes. It helps to safeguard negotiated achievements and to improve legal language.
The scope of the database goes beyond documents related to gender issues or the rights of children, women and girls. It is the first of its kind compilation of legal language on human rights in general and includes a large number of resolutions and reports on civil and political rights, economic, social and cultural rights, groups in focus as well as conflict and disaster.
However, it does not include country-specific documents, such as resolutions on the human rights situation in a certain country or Special Procedures' reports on a country visit.
For the vast majority of documents, all paragraphs have been mapped. When searching the database, individual paragraphs are returned based on the criteria applied. The entire document from which a paragraph is taken can be accessed via the file icon in the search results tiles. For Special Procedures' reports and reports by Special Representatives of the Secretary-General not all paragraphs have been included in the database as certain parts of the reports focus on country visits or events and activities a mandate holder participated in.