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SIDE EVENT: The role of civil society in the Universal Periodic Review

Room XXV, Palais des Nations, Geneva
  11.00-12.00
Thursday 20 September 2018


 
UPR Info has the pleasure of inviting you to a side event on civil society engagement with the Universal Periodic Review on Thursday 20 September. This session targets newcomers as well as actors with previous experience from engaging with the UPR. In addition to civil society organisations and human rights defenders, all stakeholders, including states, governments, national human rights institutions, United Nations agencies, parliamentarians, academics, and media, are invited to join the event.

Please find the invitation here.

When: Thursday 20 September, 11 - 12 noon.

Where: Room XXV, Palais des Nations

Participants: 
  • Diego Ruiz Gayol, Second Secretary - Human Rights, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations Office in Geneva
  • Carrie Shelver, UPR Advocacy Adviser, Sexual Rights Initiative
Moderator:
  • Hans Fridlund, Programme Manager, UPR Info

 
We look forward to seeing you there!
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The application process is now open for speakers at UPR Info’s 32nd UPR Pre-sessions!

The next round of UPR Info’s Pre-sessions with civil society organisations (CSOs), national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and Permanent Missions will take place from 11-14 December 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The Pre-sessions are organised ahead of the 32nd UPR Working Group session (January/February 2019), and will discuss the human rights situation of the States to be reviewed: Afghanistan, Cambodia, Chile, Comoros, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Eritrea, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, New Zealand, Slovakia, Uruguay, Vanuatu, Viet Nam, and Yemen.

Candidates can apply to speak at the December pre-sessions through one of the following links:

Grantee countries (applicants from Cambodia and Vietnam)  EN  /  FR 

Non-grantee countries  EN  / FR 

The deadline for applications is 9pm CET on 15 October 2018.

For more information on the Pre-sessions, consult the concept note here

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Timetable for Pre-session 31 - 9 to 12 October 2018

Palais des Nations, Room XXV, Building E


For more information, consult our Pre-sessions page.

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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.