States are the driving forces of the UPR. They are ultimately responsible for the effective functioning of this international human rights mechanism. Therefore it is imperative that all State actors are well informed of the processes and know how best to partake in the UPR.
State under Review (SuR)
UPR Info has delivered a number of training sessions for State officials and civil servants. Ranging from workshops on how to write a National Report and how to effectively engage in the UPR process and the Review in Geneva, to training on working with other stakeholders on the implementation phase and how to engage in Mid-term reporting, UPR Info works to improve the practices of the SuR in the whole UPR process.
Recommending States (RS)
The Guide for Recommending States published in 2015 is a great tool for any RS to use when wanting to learn more about their role and how to have an impact at the UPR. Building on this, once a year UPR Info provides a seminar for officials from RS to build on the resources provided in the Guide and further explain the steps RS need to take to be effective at the UPR. UPR Info also works with representatives of RS based in, or working on, a SuR ahead of the review to ensure they are able to report effectively on the human rights situation. UPR Info also facilitates communication between said representatives and civil society actors.
UPR Info strongly believes that without real input from civil society, and other non-State actors, the UPR would run the risk of becoming a hollow human rights mechanism, and would struggle to have a positive impact on the ground.
Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and other stakeholders
UPR Info provides various opportunities for CSOs, UN Agencies, NHRIs, journalists, and many others, to learn more about the UPR and improve their capacity in regards to this mechanism.
The Civil Society Compendium is a useful resource for CSOs and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs) wanting to participate in the UPR.
The In-country Programme also offers numerous trainings and workshops on the UPR. Similarly, the Pre-sessions Programme offers specific training to all those taking part in the event in Geneva. Beyond these particular programmes UPR Info delivers training and workshops, addresses conferences, and takes part in panel events to improve the accessibility of the UPR mechanism.
All stakeholders can benefit from these sessions as UPR Info is able to give advice and examples of best practices of the unique roles each party can play and their specific entry points at the UPR.