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Call for Participation: Training Course on the UPR and the UN Human Rights System 

The Geneva Academy, in collaboration with UPR Info, has opened a call for particpation in the training on "The UPR and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability".

Deadline for Applications: 16 September 2019; With visa request: 12 August 2019
Venue: Villa Moynier I 120B, Rue de Lausanne, Geneva
Period: 30 September - 4 October 2019
Open to: staff members of NGOs, research institutes, UN agencies (especially members with experience of fieldwork) and other national and international organizations, members of NHRIs and representatives of governments and academia.
Fee: 1'530 CHF
Contact: uprtraining[at]

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Pre-sessions 35 : Call for applications

The call for applications is now open for Pre-Sessions 35! 
NHRIs and CSOs are invited to apply until 16 August 2019. For more information, visit the Pre-sessions page HERE.

Thanks to the generous support of our donors, UPR Info will offer a travel grant to successful applicants from Guinea and Kyrgyzstan only. The grant includes accommodation, airfare and per diems for up to 5 days in Geneva. To apply for the grant, please fill out the appropriate application for Grantees: Guinea and KyrgyzstanDue to limited financial resources, not all applicants will be selected to receive this grant. If you have already applied to speak on the panel and are interested in applying for funding, please contact the Pre-sessions Team at

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 BuildingUPR 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-raisingUPR Info works to raise awareness about the UPR and contributes through policy dialogue to strengthen the UPR mechanism.

  • Pre-sessionsUPR 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.