Scotland’s second National Action Plan for Human Rights is now being developed. This is also known as SNAP 2.
Development work on SNAP 2 started in late 2017. This work has drawn heavily on lessons identified from the independent evaluation of SNAP 1, and a National Participation Process involving over 1,000 people.
From 2018 to 2019, SNAP 2 planning was led by a Development Working Group. This included around 15 people from Scottish civil society and the public sector.
A business case for SNAP 2 resources and implementation was developed by the Scottish Human Rights Commission and SNAP 2 Development Working Group. This was approved by Scottish Ministers in May 2021 (delayed by COVID-19).
This means that we are now moving forward with the following steps:
- Initial Scottish Government resourcing of a new post, the SNAP Secretariat Lead for an interim period (October 2021 to December 2022). This post is temporarily hosted by the Scottish Human Rights Commission. It is one of the first steps in establishing an independent SNAP Secretariat that will support a new SNAP Leadership Panel and ongoing development, implementation and monitoring of SNAP actions.
- Scottish Government participation at senior level in the new SNAP Leadership Panel. The Leadership Panel is co-Chaired by the Scottish Human Rights Commission and the Scottish Government. It is composed of rights holders and representatives from Scottish civil society and duty bearer organisations. It was established in March 2022 and its overall purpose is to govern and direct the implementation of SNAP.
- The SNAP Leadership Panel members will work together as equals to refine and prioritise the SNAP 2 actions, help identify longer-term resources to support SNAP 2, launch the second SNAP, and monitor it on an ongoing basis.
Scotland’s next SNAP is on its way to becoming a reality, moving off the page and into implementation. This will mean that practical actions to improve the realisation of human rights in people’s lives can be delivered in a collaborative, coordinated way. It will enable Scotland to better fulfil its international human rights obligations and to evidence this progress. It will also provide a ready-made, practical means to deliver implementation of, and accountability for, the proposed Scottish Human Rights Bill.
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