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Applications for the Pre-sessions 31 are now open! 

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Deadline for applications: 31st July 2018

UPR Info
has limited funds to support civil society's participation in the Pre-sessions. For Pre-session 31, UPR Info is able to support speakers from the following countries:

Click on the country to access the dedicated online application form.
If you already applied for one of these four countries with our regular application form, you do not need to fill a new grantee form, as we will consider all applications for these four countries eligible for the grant. 

UPR Info has limited funds to support national CSOs to travel to Geneva to speak at the Pre-session. The grant covers a five-day trip to Geneva and includes a training on the UPR and Pre-session participation. Kindly note that as our financial resources are limited, not all applicants from these four countries can be awarded the grant (it is limited to 3 speakers per country).

For more information, consult our Pre-sessions page.

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.