Summer updates 2016
Since the 32nd Session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) in June, UPR Info has been working to ensure the website, database, statistics, regional offices, and programmes continue to support all stakeholders of the UPR. In recent months, both of the UPR Info regional offices have expanded their projects on the ground, supported by an increase in staff number. The UPR Info website is now accessible in Arabic, adding to our previous languages of English, French and Spanish. In addition, the statistics feature has been updated so it is compatible with smart phones.
In the coming weeks we will have the adoptions of the UPR Reports for the 25th Working Group session during the 33rd HRC (21-23 September), and the next round of Pre-sessions (5-7 October). We are also working towards the 26th Session of the UPR Working Group in November, which will mark the final session of the second cycle. This has driven much activity of late as all UPR stakeholders discuss and plan how to make the third UPR cycle successful, with particular focus on sustainable implementation of recommendations. UPR Info has been advocating for 14 points geared towards enhancing the third cycle, which are available below.
We look forward to supporting all stakeholders in the third UPR cycle in an even more meaningful way. We are starting to discover the potential of the UPR for advancing human rights.
UPR INFO HQ
UPR26 Pre-sessions, 5 – 7 October 2016, CICG, 17 rue de Varembé, Room 5In less than a month's time, UPR Info will host the final round of Pre-sessions for the second cycle of the UPR. Meetings will be held on nine States in total: Haiti; Republic of Moldova; South Sudan; Syria; Timor-Leste; Togo; Uganda; Venezuela; and Zimbabwe. See the timetable and read more about the event here.
Seminar for Recommending StatesOn 19 October 2016, UPR Info will organise a seminar for all Recommending States, ahead of the 26th session of the UPR Working Group.
The aim of this seminar is to equip the human rights delegates of the Permanent Missions with tools and knowledge on how to successfully engage in the upcoming UPR Working Group session.
More information to follow.
Ensuring sustainable UPR Implementation: A call to action for States to strengthen the third cycleThis September, UPR Info published "Ensuring sustainable UPR Implementation: A call to action for States to strengthen the third cycle of the Universal Periodic Review".
Launching the paper in Evian, France, early September, at the UN Human Rights Council Retreat: Cooperation and dialogue at the Human Rights Council, UPR Info emphasised the need for States to prioritise the implementation of recommendations and also on State reporting.
Read more here.
UPR INFO Regional Offices
Dialogue on UPR Implementation in Sierra Leone
The chief objective of the meeting was to bring together the Government and CSOs to establish an incentive for a joint implementation process. Initially government officials and CSOs participated in two parallel meetings in order to prepare for the dialogue phase the following day.
The dialogue day commenced with UPR Info providing a briefing on why S.M.A.R.T. indicators are crucial for successful follow-up and implementation of recommendations. This was followed by an intervention from the Senior Human Rights Adviser of OHCHR in Sierra Leone who emphasised the need for the state to lead the implementation process while ensuring that CSOs and the NHRI had ample space to actively support the realisation of UPR recommendations.
Read more here.
Implementation of UPR recommendations in NepalOn 7-8 June 2016, UPR Info, the Ministry of Justice of Nepal, the Nepal National Human Rights Commission, the National Coalition for Children as Zones of Peace and Child Protection (CZOPP), and the Informal Sector Service Centre (INSEC), with the financial support of the European Union, organised a coordinating meeting among government representatives, UN agencies and civil society organisations (CSOs) to discuss the implementation phase of Nepal’s UPR recommendations received in November 2015.
The June meeting was the climax of a nine-month project that began in October 2015, with the Pre-session on Nepal in Geneva, and in December 2015 saw a workshop for CSOs in Kathmandu. An agreement letter was adopted setting out the principles upon which future multi-stakeholders collaborations would be based. This agreement includes the key elements for a successful implementation of UPR recommendations.
UPR INFO DevelopmentsThis summer UPR Info has welcomed two new members of staff to the team.
- UPR Info Geneva Headquarters - Anna-Thérèse McGivern has joined as Junior Programme Officer
- UPR Info Asia Regional Office - Supicha Nasungchon has joined as Administration and Finance Officer