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“All victims of human rights abuses should
be able to look to the Human Rights Council
as a forum and a springboard for action.”
Ban Ki-moon, UN Secretary-General, 12 March 2007,
Opening of the 4th Human Rights Council Session
The purpose of information is
to assist in understanding
the value of contributing to UPRs,
which are regularly done
with each country and
relate to their practice of human rights.
The hope is that through these slides
Presentation People will be encouraged to
follow up the UPRs, to affirm positive action
and hold the country accountable for their
The UPR is one of the key elements of the
Human Rights Council which reminds States
of their responsibility to fully respect and
implement all human rights and
fundamental freedoms.
HRC Website:
The Universal Periodic Review
(UPR) is a unique process for
reviewing the human rights records
of all UN Member States.
It is a State-driven process, giving
each State opportunity to show
actions taken to improve
human rights in their countries and
to fulfill their human rights
This all relates very closely
to our IPA commitment to:
 Address the root causes of
poverty, especially by
confronting personal and
corporate greed which exploit
earth, her peoples and the
whole community of life.
IPA commitment continued:
Form international working groups when
needed to assist in bringing information and
experience from those engaged in grassroots
ministry to our IPA personnel at the UN.
Enhance communication
by using technology
• To share resources
• To promote interest
• To provide educational
material about the work at
the UN.
The following slides give
a brief introduction
to a number of web pages
to assist in understanding
the UPR process and preparing
information for a
Non-Government Organization
(NGO) submission to a UPR.
This web page presents an
introduction to the Universal
Periodic Review. It is a short
video (3 minutes) explaining
what and how a UPR is done.
To access web page click on link in slide show
or copy and paste URL to the browser
This web page informs us about the
Universal Periodic Review:
basic facts
what it is
how it came about
what a UPR hopes to achieve
who conducts a UPR
how is it done
what NGOs (IPA) can do
how human rights are addressed
and follow up to a UPR.
This page gives a short video that
explains what NGOs can do in UPRs;
it has short notes on the importance
of a broad consultation in
preparation for writing a submission
and submitting information on
human rights situations.
This page gives practical information on
what to include in a submission.
The key points are:
6c Promotion and protection of human rights on
the ground:
 implementation of international human rights,
 national legislation and voluntary
 national human rights institutions activities,
 public awareness of human rights, cooperation
with human rights mechanisms;
6e Identification of achievements, best
practices, challenges and constraints in
relation to the implementation of accepted
recommendations and the development of
human rights situations in the State;
Page 3 explains simply the Form (length,
format, identification, language) for writing
a submission.
Page 4 says when to submit contributions,
Page 5 explains how to submit a contribution.
This web page presents UPR Sessions:
The first UPR Cycle took place from 2007-11
All 193 countries of the UN participated in it
The national reports, reports by other
stakeholders including NGOs, and
recommendations by the HRC Working
Group can be found by Session and Country
in the following link :
During the first UPR cycle
Out of 22 countries where IPA has a presence,
Presentation people from five countries
submitted reports in partnership with others:
Australia; Canada; Ireland; New Zealand; USA.
A second UPR cycle is in progress from 2012.
Presentation people in Zambia participated in
preparing a joint submission.
Reference to it can be found in this link:
The HRC Working Group on
UPR made recommendations to
the Government of Zambia.
During the next four years, the government will
implement the recommendations.
NGOs and other stakeholders will engage with
the government carrying forward the
The implementation of the recommendations
will be one of the main focus for the next UPR
for the government of Zambia and for other
This slide shows three of the
many recommendations to the
government of Zambia:
Increase its efforts to further strengthen the
national mechanism for the advancement of
women and to provide such mechanism with
adequate resources.
Explore the possibility of utilizing human rights
training and programs, and other similar efforts
to further mainstream the promotion of the rights
of women and children.
Cooperate with the Special Rapporteurs visiting
the country and take into account their views.
The Second UPR Cycle is in progress
The following slide presents…
The schedule of UPR sessions for
the countries where IPA has a
Deadline for submissions by
various stakeholders including
Second cycle of sessions
18th session (Jan-Feb 2014)
18th session (Jan-Feb 2014)
18th session (Jan-Feb 2014)
19th session (Apr-May 2014)
19th session (Apr-May 2014)
20th session (Oct-Nov 2014)
22nd session (Apr-May 2015)
23rd session (Oct-Nov 2015)
25th session (Apr-May 2016)
25th session (Apr-May 2016)
25th session (Apr-May 2016)
25th session (Apr-May 2016)
26th session (Oct-Nov 2016)
NGO Report Deadline
17 June 2013
17 June 2013
24 June 2013
1 September 2013
1 September 2013
1 February 2014
1 September 2014
1 February 2015
1 September 2015
1 September 2015
1 September 2015
1 September 2015
1 February 2016
New Zealand
Papua/New Guinea
We hope this educational PowerPoint…
gives us some idea of the UPR
calls us to educate ourselves and our
networks re the importance of the UPR
urges us to study recommendations
for our respective countries and
collaborate with our governments in
their implementation
We hope this educational PowerPoint…
invites us to use the UPR processes to
hold our governments accountable
encourages us to identify and partner
with others in our country in
preparing written submissions to UPRs
empowers us to participate in UPR
Sessions in Geneva and on webcast.
‘…Energized by this
evolving consciousness
we engage in expansive
partnerships that move
us to personal and
systemic transformation’
(IPA Direction Statement 2012)