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4th UPR cycle: contributions and participation of "other stakeholders" in the UPR

Through the Universal Periodic Review, the Human Rights Council will review, on a periodic basis, the fulfilment by each of the 193 United Nations Member States of their human rights obligations and commitments.

A review of a State is based on: (a) a national report prepared by the State under review; (b) a compilation of United Nations information on the State under review prepared by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR); and (c) a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders (including civil society actors, national human rights institutions and regional organizations), also prepared by OHCHR.

The review itself takes place in Geneva in a session of the Working Group on the UPR, which is composed of the 47 member States of the Human Rights Council. The review takes the form of an interactive dialogue between the State under review and the member and observer States of the Council. At the end of each review, the Working Group adopts an outcome document, which is subsequently considered and adopted by the Human Rights Council at a later session.

(a) Contributions to UPR documentation by “Other Stakeholders”, including civil society and national human rights institutions

The UPR process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and regional mechanisms.

Civil society actors, NHRIs and regional mechanisms can submit written information for the report containing a summary of information submitted by other stakeholders, which is considered during the review.

Accredited stakeholders can also attend and observe the session of the UPR Working Group. Accredited stakeholders can also attend , and  make oral statements,  during the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council when the outcomes of the State reviews are considered.

For the 4th cycle, the updated UPR Civil Society Guide has been published: English | Français | Español.

Stakeholders – civil society organizations, national human rights institutions and regional mechanisms - should follow the technical guidelines for stakeholders submissions for the 4th cycle issued by OHCHR, to send written contributions to UPR documentation. UN entities should follow the technical guidelines for UN entities’ submissions for the 4th cycle issued by OHCHR, to send written contributions to UPR documentation.

Translation of the submission guidelines:
UN Guidelines- العربية, 中文Español, Français, русский
NGO Guidelines- العربية, Español, Français, русский

UPR - Tips for engagement at country level for NHRIs and NGOs
(Español)

The calendar of tentative deadlines for stakeholders’ submissions for the 4th cycle can be found at the following link.

Stakeholders’ submissions should be sent – according to the deadlines below - through the "On-line UPR submissions registration system" to register contributions for the UPR documentation from UN entities and stakeholders available in the following link: https://uprdoc.ohchr.org. Stakeholders should follow the Guidelines for the Use of the On-Line UPR Submissions Registration System" available in the Online system.

Important note: all UPR submissions must be submitted and received (through theOn-line system for registration of contributions) not later than the day of the given deadline (11:59 p.m. Geneva time). Late submissions will not be considered. Should organizations encounter technical problems using the Online system, please contact the UPR Submissions Helpdesk through the following email address: [email protected].

Any act of intimidation or reprisal for cooperation in the context of the UPR should be promptly reported to the UPR Secretariat ([email protected]) as well as to the reprisals team of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights ([email protected]).

UPR Working Group sessionsTentative deadlines for “Other Stakeholders”1(and UN entities) to submit written contributionsMatrices of recommendations of countries to be reviewed during the 4th cycle of the UPR
41st session (Oct - Nov 2022)31 March 2022
(confirmed)
Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, United Kingdom, India, Brazil, Philippines, Algeria, Poland, Netherlands, South Africa
42nd session (Jan - Feb 2023)14 July 2022
(confirmed)
Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala, Benin, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, JapanSri Lanka
43rd session (Apr – May 2023)11 October 2022
(confirmed)
France, Tonga, Romania, Mali, Botswana, Bahamas, Burundi, Luxembourg, Barbados, Montenegro, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Liechtenstein, Serbia
44th session (Oct - Nov 2023)5 April 2023
(confirmed)
Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Germany, Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Cuba
45th session (Jan - Feb 2024)18 July 2023
(confirmed)
Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta
46th session (Apr – May 2024)11 October 2023
(confirmed)
New Zealand, Afghanistan, Chile,Viet Nam,Uruguay, Yemen, Vanuatu, Republic of North Macedonia,Comoros,Slovakia,Eritrea, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Cambodia
47th session (Oct - Nov 2024)8 April 2024
(confirmed)
Norway, Albania, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Portugal,Bhutan,Dominica,Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Brunei Darussalam, Costa Rica, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Qatar, Nicaragua
48th session (Jan - Feb 2025)16 July 2024
(confirmed)
Italy, El Salvador, Gambia, Bolivia, Fiji, San Marino, Kazakhstan, Angola, Iran (Islamic Republic of), Madagascar,Iraq, Slovenia,Egypt, Bosnia and Herzegovina
49th session (Apr – May 2025)11 October 2024
(confirmed)
Kyrgyzstan, Kiribati,Guinea, Lao People’s Democratic Republic,Spain, Lesotho, Kenya,Armenia, Guinea-Bissau, Sweden, Grenada, Turkey, Guyana, Kuwait
50th session (Oct - Nov 2025)13 March 2025
(tentative)
Belarus, Liberia, Malawi,Mongolia, Panama,Maldives, Andorra, Bulgaria, Honduras, United States of America,Marshall Islands, Croatia,Jamaica, Libya
51st session (Jan - Feb 2026)26 June 2025
(tentative)
Micronesia (Federated States of),Lebanon,Mauritania, Nauru, Rwanda, Nepal,Saint Lucia, Oman, Austria,Myanmar, Australia, Georgia,Saint Kitts and Nevis, Sao Tome and Principe
52nd session (Apr - May 2026)25 September 2025
(tentative)
Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia, Paraguay,Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles,Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore
53rd session (Oct – Nov 2026)12 March 2026
(tentative)
Suriname, Greece, Samoa, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines,Sudan, Hungary, Papua New Guinea, Tajikistan, United Republic of Tanzania, Antigua and Barbuda, EswatiniTrinidad and Tobago, Thailand, Ireland
54th session (Jan - Feb 2027)25 June 2026
(tentative)
Togo, Syrian Arab Republic, Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of), Iceland, Zimbabwe, Lithuania,Uganda,Timor Leste, Republic of Moldova, Haiti,South Sudan

 (b) Participation of NGO’s in the UPR Working Group meetings and the regular sessions of the Human Rights Council

How to participate in a session of the Working Group?

NGOs in consultative status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) can be accredited to participate in the session of the Working Group as Observers.

Economic and Social Council resolution 1996/31 of July 1996.

Check your NGO in the ECOSOC NGO database.

For information on how your NGO can apply for ECOSOC consultative status.

NGO Parallel Events during the 46th session of the UPR Working Group

In view of the 46th session of the UPR Working Group (29 April – 10 May 2024), NGOs with ECOSOC status may submit requests for in-person side events at Palais des Nations through the online platform (https://uprreg.ohchr.org/Account/Login?ReturnUrl=/ParallelEventRegistration). The platform to request an NGO side event for the 46th session of the UPR Working Group will open on Tuesday, 9 April 2024, at 12 noon (Geneva time), and close onTuesday, 16 April 2024, at 12 noon (Geneva time).

Given the impact of the Strategic Heritage Plan on meeting room availability at Palais des Nations, side event slots will be allocated upon availability.

For any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat at: [email protected].

For more information on civil society engagement in the UPR mechanism, please also view the UPR webpage for NGOs and the practical guidance included in the updated Civil Society Guide for UPR 4th cycle, also available in other OHCHR languages.

A Practical Guide for Civil Society: Information about accreditation, attending the session, access to the public gallery, requesting a room for an Information Meeting, documentation and resources, participation in general, as well as the technical guidelines for stakeholders submissions can be found in the Practical Guide for Civil Society [Download: العربية | English | Français | русский | Español] (PDF).