New Training Course on the UPR and the UN Human Rights System: Raising the Bar on Accountability

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

Deadline for Applications:  18 October 2020
Period: From 2 to 6 November 2020 
Open to: staff members UN agencies (especially members with experience of fieldwork) and other national and international organizations, members of NHRIs and representatives of governments, academia, NGOs and research institutes.
Fee: 1'530 CHF
Contact: uprtraining@geneva-academy.ch
For more info: Visit the website of the Geneva Academy

Objectives
At the end of this course, participants will be:

  • Familiar with the genesis and evolution of the UPR, within the context of the UN human rights system
  • Knowledgeable about the advocacy strategies employed by national actors to identify issues to be raised at the UPR and to ensure implementation
  • Able to identify the distinct but also the collaborative role of various national level actors: national governments, NHRIs, civil society, UN agencies, academic bodies, national parliaments, diplomats and the media
  • Able to utilise the sophisticated tools (matrices) developed by various actors at the national level to monitor progress with the UPR recommendations
  • Able to demonstrate, in their own contexts, the many uses of the implementation examples used throughout the course
  • Able to identify the link between the UPR and the SDGs at the international and national levels
  • Able to draft impactful recommendations for the UPR
Methodology
The course can be followed in Geneva or online (notably for participants who cannot come to Geneva due to restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic).The course will be conducted in a participatory training mode with a combination of illustrated lectures (using power points and short videos) and group exercises aimed at evolving practical documents to be used in the UPR process.

Fees
The training fee for this five-day programme is 1,530 Swiss Francs (30 percent discount for PhD and master students and 10 percent discount for those following the training course online) and includes tuition costs, course materials, 5 lunches, and refreshments during coffee breaks.

It is payable as soon as your place has been confirmed. As places on the training course are limited, participation can only be secured through the payment of the fee. In case of cancellation by the participant, CHF 200 won't be returned.

All participants are responsible for their own travel costs to Geneva, including Swiss visa fees and evening meals (approximately 30 Swiss Francs per meal).

How to Apply
Applications must be submitted via the online application form.

If you encounter problems with your application, do not hesitate to contact us: uprtraining[at]geneva-academy.ch

Consult the Programme of the Training Course here.