Follow-up to the Universal PeriodicReview: Towards a National Agendafor Human Rights
Support to Universal PeriodicReview (UPR) Follow-up
“The international community will assist in implementing the recommendations and conclusions regarding capacity-building and technical assistance, in consultation with, and with the consent of, the country concerned.”
Art. 36 of HRC Resolution 5/1 on UPR
UNDP’s comparative advantage as a trustedgovernment partner and its practical develop-ment experience in human rights in the field,suggests that UNDP Country Offices in Europeand the CIS (ECIS) region should play a signifi-cant role in providing assistance for the Uni-versal Periodic Review (UPR). The report “Studyof the Implementation Challenges and LessonsLearned from the Universal Periodic Review(UPR) Recommendations in the ECIS Region”(see Appendix 2)highlights a range of practicesand entry points throughout the UPR cycle,along with related challenges. Good practicesand challenges both represent programmingopportunities for UNDP to develop national ca-pacity in the UPR area. This Policy Note identifies potential develop-ment programming opportunities at the na-tional level both for the Regional Centre forEurope and Central Asia,in providing assis-tance to Country Offices (COs),and for whatCOs themselves can contribute to the in-country UPR process.
Democratic Governance,Human Rights and UNDPin the ECIS region
In pursuit of its global objective to fully inte-grate human rights into UNDP policies, pro-grammes, and processes, UNDP focuses onthree key areas:•Building the capacity of the systems and in-stitutions put in place by nations to pro-mote and protect human rights;•Promoting the use of a human rights-basedapproach in development programming;•Engaging with the international human rightsmachinery,led by the United Nations,andforging partnerships with expert institutions.In the ECIS region, this approach translates intoa specific focus on human rights and justiceunder the regional democratic governancepractice, and within this focus, an emphasis onthe UPR. The UPR process presents UNDP witha range of opportunities for engagement withStates, NHRIs and civil society.