Universal Periodic Review


The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a review of the human rights records of all UN Member States. The UPR is a State-driven process, under the auspices of the Human Rights Council, which provides the opportunity for each State to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to fulfil their human rights obligations. 

As one of the main features of the Council, the UPR is designed to ensure equal treatment for every country when their human rights situations are assessed. The ultimate aim of this mechanism is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur. Currently, no other universal mechanism of this kind exists.

Meetings and events

34th session
04 November 2019 - 15 November 2019 / Timetable / List of Troikas
35th session
20 January 2020 - 31 January 2020 / Timetable
36th session
04 May 2020 - 15 May 2020 / Timetable
37th session
02 November 2020 - 13 November 2020 / Timetable


Third UPR cycle

3rd cycle

The third UPR cycle started on 1 May 2017.

See relevant third cycle documents, including:

  • the calendar of reviews;
  • country-related reports;
  • letters by the High Commissioner for Human Rights to Foreign Ministers; and
  • webcast videos.

UPR infographics

UPR Timeline
UPR Pre-session documentation
UPR Review Process
UPR Timeline
UPR Review Process
UPR Pre- and Post-Review Session Documentation

Contact information

Further information may be sought at the following address:

For States:

For Stakeholders:

For UPR Secretariat: