Organisations are invited to participate is New Zealand’s 3rd Review under the UPR

Organisations are invited to participate is New Zealand’s 3rd Review under the UPR

September 12, 2018

The Human Rights Commission is inviting organisation to participate in New Zealand’s first in-country Universal Periodic Review Pre-session and related training sessions.

On 21 January 2019, New Zealand will undergo its third Universal Periodic Review (UPR) by the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

This is a significant international review of New Zealand’s human rights record by UN Member States. As an outcome of the process, UN Member States will issue recommendations to the New Zealand Government. The recommendations that our Government accepts will inform its policy and legislative agenda and inform the development of New Zealand’s National Plan of Action on Human Rights.

In order to enable the participation of civil society organisations, a “pre-session” is held in Geneva approximately one month before the review. These pre-sessions are run by the Geneva-based organization UPR-Info.

However, this year, for the first time the Human Rights Commission will be hosting an In-Country Pre-session in Wellington on 26 October. 

Specialists from UPR-Info will be travelling to New Zealand to run the pre-session and deliver training sessions. This brings the UN process closer to home, raise public awareness of the UN human rights system and will allow for New Zealand organisations who are unable to attend the Geneva pre-session to participate.

The Pre-session will be similar to the one held in Geneva, following the format of a panel discussion between civil society groups and diplomatic representatives of UN Members States who will be participating in the UPR process. The panel will be made up representatives from a broad range of civil society groups and a representative from the Human Rights Commission. A networking reception will follow to allow for informal discussion and networking with individuals and groups who are not on the panel but attend the pre-session as part of the audience.

Training will also be offered in the week leading up to the Pre-session. This will be on a wide range of UPR topics, including an introduction to pre-sessions, practical tips for making UPR recommendations, and broader advocacy strategies that can be adopted at different stages of the UPR process.

The Pre-session will be held on Friday 26 October 2018, at St Andrews Centre, the Terrace, Wellington: 9.00am-1pm.

The UPR Training sessions will be held:

  • Auckland: 23 October 2018, at the University of Auckland Law School (hosted by the NZ Centre for Human Rights): 9.00am
  • Christchurch: 24 October 2018, at the Christchurch Community Centre: 9.00am
  • Wellington: 25 October 2018, at St Andrews Centre, the Terrace, Wellington: 9.00am

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