The call for applications for UPR Info's Pre-sessions 40 is now open!

Representatives from civil society and National Human Rights Institutions are invited to apply to speak at the next Pre-sessions that will take place in December 2021. The Pre-sessions are an opportunity for these stakeholders to provide Recommending States with first-hand information on the human rights situation in the countries that will be reviewed at the UPR Working Group in January-February 2022. 

The application process closes at 23h59 on Monday, 16 August 2021. Please see the concept note below for more information.

To apply, please fill in the application form in English, French or Spanish.


UPR Info is organising UPR Pre-sessions during the week of 6 December 2021. These meetings will take place in advance of the 40th UPR Working Group and will include sessions on the following countries: Haiti, Iceland, Lithuania, Moldova, South Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, Togo, Uganda, Venezuela, and Zimbabwe. Exceptionally, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Pre-sessions will take place in a virtual format.


The purpose of the Pre-sessions is to offer Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs) an opportunity to brief permanent delegations on the human rights situation in the States under Review. They provide space for civil society to engage directly in a dialogue with States, ensuring that their suggestions and recommendations are taken into consideration by Recommending States in advance of the Working Group.


The Pre-sessions are organized approximately one month prior to the UPR Working Group session. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, UPR Info is will host Pre-sessions 40 in a virtual format. CSOs and NHRIs will be invited to present their assessment of the human rights situation in the country since the previous review in a pre-recorded video and will participate in a live question and answer session with Recommending States following a screening of the statements. With the principles of transparency and universality in mind, all Permanent Missions are invited, including the State under Review.

EXPECTED OUTCOMES                                                                                             

The Pre-sessions will offer an exchange of information on the human rights situation of the forthcoming State under Review. States will receive up-to-date information and recommendations in advance of the 40th UPR Working Group session. Recommending States will also have the opportunity to ask questions of NHRI and civil society representatives to gain insight on the situation on the ground from a first-hand perspective. The information given will reflect the reality of the human rights situation in the country under review and will represent the concerns of all stakeholders on the ground.


The Pre-Sessions are a forum for collaboration and information sharing. The meetings fill an expressed need from both State delegations and CSOs to meet prior to the UPR Working Group session to identify, discuss, and further develop recommendations to ensure focused attention to the most relevant human rights issues during the Review.

The application process to speak at the Pre-sessions will be opened on UPR Info’s website from 20 July 2021 to 16 August 2021. Applicants are required to fill out the online application form available here, providing information on their engagement in the promotion of human rights.

For a comprehensive overview of the event, applicants are invited to consult UPR Info Pre-sessions: Empowering human rights voices from the ground.

For more information on the Pre-sessions and UPR Info, please visit our website at


UPR Info is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation (NGO) based in Geneva, Switzerland. The organisation aims at promoting human rights through the UPR. It raises awareness and provides capacity-building tools to all UPR stakeholders, including UN Member States, CSOs, and NHRIs. UPR Info is the first NGO entirely dedicated to the UPR.

Since the inception of the UPR mechanism in April 2008, the organisation has developed a unique expertise on the process itself. This knowledge is widely recognised by stakeholders, notably by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR). UPR Info is regularly invited to participate in conferences and to provide training on the UPR.

UPR Info’s website and database are the first source of information on the UPR for stakeholders, including Geneva-based permanent missions as well as national and international CSOs, providing them with useful tools for their participation in the UPR mechanism.