The Human Rights Commission invites you to attend an online webinar on mid-term reporting for the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).
The UPR is a process undertaken by the United Nations Human Rights Council. It involves the review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States once every five years. On 21 January 2019, New Zealand underwent its third UPR. The review was an opportunity for New Zealand to take stock of how well we are protecting the human rights of people in New Zealand. The government received 194 recommendations on a wide range of human rights issues and accepted 164 of them. You can find more information on New Zealand’s review here.
States and other stakeholders are encouraged to submit voluntary mid-term reports to the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights on progress in implementing the UPR recommendations, as well as to highlight remaining gaps and challenges. There is no formal deadline for the submission of mid-term reports, however it is recommended that these are submitted by the end of 2021.
The Commission is encouraging interested parties to contribute a report on New Zealand’s progress in implementing the recommendations it received in 2019. In an effort to support groups to contribute towards the mid-term review, the Commission is hosting an introductory webinar for all interested participants. The webinar will take place on Tuesday, 20 April 2021 at 5:00pm and will be run by Geneva-based UPR experts, UPR-Info. This introductory webinar will highlight the specific role that groups can play in the mid-term reporting process and best practices. A second webinar on the technical aspects of the submissions process will be available later in the year.
You can register for the webinar here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.