The NHRC was established at a time when the country was at the climax of the conflict era, and as such, it was vested with a huge responsibility. Then, when we entered the peace process, the Commission continued its work, but there were no clear allocations from the Government budget to implement the rights and subject matters focused in the Strategic Plan Due to limited funds, NHRC wasn’t able to sufficiently carry out its assigned mandate And that’s when UNDP stepped up to provide the Commission with financial support, and this was great added value. It was with UNDP support that we had attempted to settle a huge load of backlogged cases through SPSP, which was a great achievement It has also invested considerably in the capacity building of NHRC staff and these trainings have been very beneficial to our staff, especially from their exposure to international organizations, UN jobs, thereby raising the in-house capacity. – And thirdly, it has helped to promote a rights-based approach to development through training of government authorities, helping to make service providers more accountable for the protection of democracy. Later on, the NHRC’s Strategic Plan sought to push a campaign of Human rights for all in every household, a base of peace and development”. The belief that only when we can develop a rights-based culture in each and every household that the country would see lasting peace, prosperity and development was at the core of the Plan, which encompassed the period from 2015-2020. In this context, UNDP’s Strategic Plan Support Project or SPSP was also based on that idea, that one of the key problems in Nepal is the lack of awareness about human rights. There is therefore a dire need to promote awareness on human rights in a widespread manner, to educate all citizens about the rights they enjoy as well as the duties they must uphold—rights and duties are co-relatives, they go side-by-side. What we could do about that–rather than trying to engage in events— is to go for more strategic interventions like, just as an example, curricula revision In order to put in place the roots of a human rights culture, we need to start young, and this can be achieved by integrating human rights education at the school level. Investing in such effort would help us to reach hundreds of thousands of children and raise their human rights consciousness. Also related to this, there are different training institutions and centers that are being run by the government that are working across the country providing different kinds of trainings for educators, resource persons, school invigilators and various others —if we could train these people in human rights, they would go on to pass that knowledge and skills onto class teachers and from there, to students. This would mean kids can learn comprehensively about human rights, and help to develop and strengthen the culture of human rights in the country. As part of these strategic interventions, we have also been talking of revising the curricula of security forces the project’s name itself derives from that. We would aim to train individuals at higher levels of security forces, who can then become trainers themselves and train people under them in their own units. This would help many become more aware of human rights in their work going forth. The same could apply to local governments in the new federalized context— each of the 753 local government units have their respective institutions, and given that local governments have executive, legislative and judicial powers. If we could build the capacity of these three different kinds of institutions in terms of human rights it would help local governments become more responsible towards the people— they are, after all, the people’s representatives and enjoy great proximity to communities. So if we could reach these local governments, or even provincial governments, it would greatly boost the country’s move towards prosperity and development.