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The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a state-driven process under the auspices of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council. Its goal is to support human rights and address violations everywhere. It provides the opportunity for each State to indicate what actions they have taken to protect human rights and fulfil their obligations.
However, given that human rights are also protected and fulfilled at the local level, notably through public services provided by local and regional governments (LRGs), the participation of LRGs would add much value to the UPR.
In this context, the Geneva Human Rights Platform, along with the Geneva Cities Hub, UPR-Info, the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) and UN-Habitat have recently launched a Coalition for the participation LRGs in the UPR. The coalition seeks to promote the involvement of LRGs in the UPR, garner support for human rights at all levels of government and enhance their implementation on the ground.
This event will address the following questions:
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Geneva Cities Hub
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This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
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A series of events aimed at discussing contemporary issues and challenges related to the promotion and protection of human rights in Geneva and beyond.