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Call for applications : Pre-sessions of 33rd UPR

UPR Info is pleased to invite you to the next round of Pre-sessions on States to be reviewed at the 33rd UPR Working Group session (6-17 May 2019): Albania; Bhutan; Brunei Darussalam; Democratic Republic of the Congo; Costa Rica; Côte d'Ivoire; Dominica; Ethiopia; Equatorial Guinea; Democratic People’s Republic of Korea; Nicaragua; Norway; Portugal; and Qatar. This round of Pre-Sessions will be held on 2-5 April 2019, at Palais des Nations, Geneva.

UPR Info is now accepting applications from CSOs and NHRIs to speak on any of the countries to be reviewed. Visit our Pre-sessions page for more information on how to apply. Deadline for applications has been extended until Tuesday, 15 January 2019 at 21h00 CET.

To apply to speak at the Pre-sessions, please click on one of the following links:

Who we are

UPR Info is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation based in Geneva with a regional office in Nairobi. It aims to raise awareness of the Universal Periodic Review and to provide capacity-building tools to all stakeholders, such as UN Member States, NHRIs, parliamentarians, civil society, media, and academics.

UPR Info has five focus areas:

  • Capacity Building: UPR Info is a centre of excellence for the UPR, and seeks to share its expertise with all UPR stakeholders. In addition to training workshops and publications, UPR Info provides world-wide access to the UPR mechanism through its website. 
  • Awareness-raising: UPR Info works to raise awareness about the UPR and contributes through policy dialogue to strengthen the UPR mechanism.

  • Pre-sessions: UPR Info’s Pre-sessions provide CSOs with a strategic advocacy platform to address the human rights issues affecting their country. This programme ensures all human rights issues, and voices of marginalised groups, are discussed prior to the review in Geneva. The Pre-sessions bring CSOs, NHRIs and Recommending States together to influence the recommendations that will be made at the subsequent UPR Working Group Session.

  • UPR Info’s Database of Recommendations holds all UPR recommendations and provides analysis tools and statistics to enhance the monitoring of implementation.
  • In-country Programme: UPR Info works at the national level in selected partner countries to support domestic actors' engagement in the UPR. The programme contributes to creating and enabling UPR frameworks consisting of: robust national human rights follow-up systems; nationwide civil society UPR coalitions; and meaningful partnerships between CSOs, NHRIs and the government. Specifically, the programme is comprised of five interlinked steps, offering a unique opportunity for participants to enhance their knowledge about the UPR, and to create a strategy on the implementation of recommendations issued at the UPR. Each step is carefully designed in close cooperation with national partners to address concrete needs at national level. It fosters a collaborative and inclusive approach between all UPR stakeholders.