Introduction to the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)


The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) was created through Resolution 60/251 of the United Nations General Assembly, the same body that implemented the Human Rights Council.

This new procedure directly concerns civil society actors as well as actors in the field of education. As a matter of fact, resolution 5/1 calls for NGOs to participate actively through the UPR.

In order for civil society to act effectively and constructively, information must be widely available and any action undertaken must be monitored and evaluated. Furthermore, the work carried out by regional and national NGOs must complement one another, skill development on a local level must be supported and the professionalization of NGO employees wishing to offset the power of State representatives must be encouraged.