The Delegation chooses primary focus countries to assist the local Dominicans and their partners in addressing key issues in the areas of justice and peace. It seeks to promote initiatives and to build capacities that will deepen their involvement and enable their action to have greater and more concrete impacts in the long run. With a view to achieving concrete results, the Delegation’s action is aligned with the local context and the Dominicans’ own priorities.

In a nutshell, the main objectives of the work of the Delegation in the primary focus countries are to ensure that:

  • there is a strong, coordinated and articulated involvement of Dominicans and their partners on the ground in justice and peace issues;
  • the concerns on the ground are heard and considered at the UN;
  • those involved are recognised locally and internationally as key actors in the promotion and protection of human rights.

Once these goals have been achieved, the country becomes a follow up country. In such case, the work of the Delegation focuses on assisting the Dominicans on the ground in the continuity of their international advocacy activities.

  • The current focus countries are:
    • Democratic Republic of Congo - Click here to see current open projects
    • Ivory Coast  - Click here to see current open projects
    • the Philippines  - Click here to see current open projects
    • Solomon Islands & Papua New Guinea
    • Guatemala


  • The follow up countries are: 
    • Dominican Republic - Click here to see current open projects
    • Mexico


The Delegation is also involved in cases of urgent action, when populations are facing human rights and humanitarian crises that need a quick response from the international community. When an emergency situation requiring international attention arises, the Delegation endeavours to give the necessary visibility. It thus hopes to provide the international community with reliable information coming from the ground, to strengthen the work of credible local leaders in addressing the root causes of the crisis and to promote peace building efforts. With this type of response, the Delegation offers a channel of communication between those working on the ground and the actors of the international community and ensures that possible strategies to contribute to solutions are shared.

Top photo: Community in Guatemala©
Side photo: Current Country Focus for UNOP ©