Today UPR Info is thrilled to invite you to discover our latest annual report which offers a concise summary of the work carried out by the organization over the past year.
Despite the challenges faced during the Covid-19 pandemic, UPR Info was able to continue its efforts to promote human rights through the UPR and respond to the needs of national and international stakeholders engaging with the mechanism. UPR Info adapted its activities to a virtual format, engaging in an online policy dialogue, offering a virtual advocacy platform, and delivering training in a virtual or hybrid format.
In 2020, UPR Info supported the engagement of over 1200 stakeholders in the UPR process, providing them with tools to strengthen human rights in their country at every stage of the UPR cycle.
This year also saw two major projects materialize at UPR Info. The organisation launched its new database of UPR recommendations, adding new features to optimize user experience and expanding access to francophone users. UPR Info also launched its guide to child participation in the UPR in collaboration with Child Rights Connect following regional consultations with child and youth advocates, consolidating its pilot project in support of child and youth human rights advocacy.
All of this was made possible thanks to the extraordinary commitments of the UPR Info team, the agility of the organisation to respond to challenges, the support of our donors and the full engagement of our local partners.
The Policy and Advocacy Programme
The global health crisis has underlined the importance of the Pre-sessions in empowering the voices of CSOs and NHRIs at the UPR. Taking on a virtual format, the meetings have continued to provide other stakeholders with a platform to share up-to-date information on the human rights situation in their country. In 2020, the Policy and Advocacy Programme hosted two virtual Pre-sessions in advance of UPR Working Group 36 and 37 and three in-country Pre-sessions in Lebanon, Liberia, and Mauritania.
UPR Info remained committed to promoting the UPR at the HRC, and in 2020 the organization was active in delivering and co-sponsoring statements at the General Debate under Item 6.
The Stakeholder Programme
The Programme undertook more remote management and delivery of UPR-related training. The new methodologies, tested during the early months of the pandemic, allowed the Programme to provide practical and technical expertise to UPR stakeholders.
Given the impediments to conducting in-person training sessions, UPR Info increased distance-learning by facilitating online webinars specifically to support more than 250 HRDs and representatives of NGOs and NHRIs to optimize the submission of “Other Stakeholders” reports and UPR mid-term reports. Allowing for a wider outreach in programmatic implementation, these creative virtual solutions will be permanently integrated into UPR Info’s work.
The In-country Programme
In 2020, the In-Country Programme entered a new phase. Designed before the pandemic, the new phase of the programme already included remote support (through webinars) in between face-to-face activities to ensure continuous and comprehensive support to stakeholders in the target countries. The target countries for this phase are: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Guinea, Georgia Kyrgyzstan, and Nepal.
In these countries, the In-Country Programme increased quality information on the progress and challenges of the UPR implementation and triggered dialogue among groups of stakeholders on the human rights situation of the country through the UPR mechanism.
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