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.

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- Español, Français, русский
NGO Guidelines- Español, Français, русский

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 (3:00 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: ohchr-uprsubmissions@un.org.

Any act of intimidation or reprisal for cooperation in the context of the UPR should be promptly reported to the UPR Secretariat (ohchr-uprreprisals@un.org) as well as to the reprisals team of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (ohchr-uprreprisals@un.org).

UPR Working Group sessions Tentative deadlines for “Other Stakeholders”1(and UN entities) to submit written contributions Matrices of recommendations of countries to be reviewed during the 4th cycle of the UPR

41st session (Oct - Nov 2022)

31 March 2022

Bahrain, Ecuador, Tunisia, Morocco, Indonesia, Finland, United Kingdom, India, Brazil, Philippines, Algeria, Poland, Netherlands, South Africa

42nd session (Jan - Feb 2023)

30 June 2022

Czech Republic, Argentina, Gabon, Ghana, Peru, Guatemala, Benin, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Pakistan, Zambia, Japan, Ukraine,  Sri Lanka

43rd session (Apr – May 2023)

29 September 2022

France, Tonga, Romania, Mali, Botswana, Bahamas, Burundi, Luxembourg, Barbados, Montenegro, United Arab Emirates, Israel, Liechtenstein, Serbia

44th session (Oct - Nov 2023)

9 March 2023

Turkmenistan, Burkina Faso, Cabo Verde, Colombia, Uzbekistan, Tuvalu, Germany, Djibouti, Canada, Bangladesh, Russian Federation, Azerbaijan, Cameroon, Cuba

45th session (Jan - Feb 2024)

29 June 2023

Saudi Arabia, Senegal, China, Nigeria, Mexico, Mauritius, Jordan, Malaysia, Central African Republic, Monaco, Belize, Chad, Congo, Malta

46th session (Apr – May 2024)

28 September 2023

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)

14 March 2024

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)

27 June 2024

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)

26 September 2024

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

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

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

Namibia, Niger, Mozambique, Estonia, Paraguay,Belgium, Denmark, Palau, Somalia, Seychelles,Solomon Islands, Latvia, Sierra Leone, Singapore

53rd session (Oct – Nov 2026)

12 March 2026

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

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.

Quick links

Information regarding the 40th session of the UPR Working Group (24 January – 04 February 2022):
Considering the current COVID19 context, and in line with information from the United Nations Office at Geneva, in-person side events cannot be held in Palais des Nations. For the sole purpose of information-sharing, external events that would be organized by NGOs in consultative status with ECOSOC in parallel to the session (24-28 January and 31 January-04 February 2022) could be listed on the OHCHR civil society webpage under the News Section. The list is being updated twice per week. Please note that entirely pre-recorded events will not be included in the list.

NGOs should contact the Civil Society Team of OHCHR at ohchr-hrcngo@un.org – providing the details of their event (title, date, time, on-line link, and the contact person and email address). Please note that such NGO events will not be considered as official Human Rights Council events and are held on the sole responsibility of the organizing NGOs, with the Secretariat bearing no responsibility whatsoever.

2. 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).