Universal Periodic Review Session 32
21-25 January 2019 | Geneva, Switzerland
The Universal Periodic Review was established in 2006, and is the only process of its kind: a state-driven process that examines the human rights records of each of the 193 United Nations member states. Once every five years, every country reports to the United Nations on how it is implementing its human rights obligations under international human rights law and standards, and receives recommendations from other states on how to improve. The ultimate aim of the UPR is to improve the human rights situation in all countries and address human rights violations wherever they occur.
In January 2019, New Zealand will be up for its third UPR alongside thirteen other countries. After months of consultation and submissions, the session in Geneva is the opportunity to witness the final part of the UPR process - an in-person review in front of the UPR Working Group. In addition, our delegates will get to experience an in-country Pre-Session with experts from UPR-Info in Geneva - the first in-country Pre-Session ever to be held in New Zealand - as part of their Training Weekend in Wellington.
Our last UPR in 2014 highlighted a need for New Zealand to improve its record on indigenous and gender-related rights issues. Our review in 2019 will show whether we’ve made progress in these areas, and will act as a key resource for human rights campaigners in Aotearoa over the next five years.
Of course, it's only appropriate that our delegates should explore Geneva - so as well as attending the first week of the 32nd UPR session, they'll visit cultural sights, meet with dignitaries, NGOs, and thinktank experts to learn more about New Zealand’s reputation on human rights issues, and have some free time to explore this international capital of diplomacy.
DEPARTS AKL - 14 January
RETURNS TO AKL - 30 January
TRAINING WEEKEND - 25-28 October
APPLICATIONS DUE - 15 October
$1500 DEPOSIT DUE - 26 October
DELEGATION FEE - $5515
Kristy is passionate about healthy ageing and reducing inequalities in palliative care in New Zealand. Currently, she is undertaking her Master of Health Sciences at the University of Auckland and is also working on a MBIE-funded research project on social isolation among older New Zealand adults. As a public health graduate, it has been a lifelong dream for Kristy to visit the United Nations where important human rights discussions and decisions come to life!