Towards a human rights economy: UPR recommendations for ESCR


UPR Info will organise a seminar “Towards a human rights economy: UPR recommendations for ESCR,” in partnership with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and sponsored by the Permanent Mission of Portugal. Almost a year in since the beginning of the UPR 4th cycle, the seminar will offer state representatives guidance and practices to use the UPR as an effective human rights mechanism to promote economic, social and cultural rights (ESCR) and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

More specifically, the objectives of the seminar are to:

  1. Share specific actions and policies promoting a human rights economy and addressing economic inequality, 
  2. Highlight the good practices from Recommending States in the formulation and follow up of UPR recommendations to promote economic equality and economic, social and cultural rights. 

OHCHR underscores the indivisibility of rights, whether civil, cultural, economic, political or social rights. In order to ensure a greater balance between civil and political rights, and ECSR, it is important for Member States to focus and articulate recommendations on the former and notably economic equality. It is particularly timely given the promotion by the OHCHR of the framework of a human rights economy, and the role of human rights as a game changer for rescuing the Sustainable Development Goals. 

The event will be an occasion to inspire Member States representatives to make action-oriented recommendations to promote economic equality and broader enjoyment of ESCR.In addition, State representatives attending the event are warmly welcomed to exchange good practices. To prepare the way, we invite the States to frame their interventions around the following guiding questions: 

  • Can you highlight one example of good practice on ESCR put in place by your country to achieve a change on the ground?
  • What is your country’s experience of highlighting economic, social, and cultural rights in making recommendations at the UPR?

Time and place:

The event will take place on Tuesday, 3 October, 2023 from 13:00 to 14:00 pm. It will be held in hybrid mode, in Room XXV of the UNOG and, and online.


1.  H.E. Mr. Rui Macieira, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Portugal

2. Guillaume Ngefa, Chief a.i., Universal Periodic Review Branch, OHCHR

3. Lynn Gentile, Development and Economic and Social Issues Branch, OHCHR

4. H.E. Mr. Gustavo Gallón, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Colombia

5. H.E. Mr. Zaman Mehdi, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Pakistan

Chair: Mona M’Bikay Executive Director, UPR Info

For more information, please read the concept note here (only in English).