Universal Periodic Review Update
NACLC and a range of other Community Legal Centres and NGOs are currently preparing for Australia's next Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2015.The UPR process provides a number of opportunities for NGO involvement. One of the key opportunities is through making a NGO submission. Experience has shown that the most effective way for NGOs to influence the final document is to coordinate their efforts and provide the UN with a single submission, as a result a large number of NGOs have formed a NGO Coalition and are working towards developing a joint submission.
A small Coordinating Committee, consisting of Amanda Alford (National Association of Community Legal Centres), Anna Brown (Human Rights Law Centre) and Emma Golledge (Kingsford Legal Centre) are coordinating the response. While the Coordinating Committee has volunteered to coordinate the Joint NGO Report, a critical factor to the success of any UPR is the level of engagement and involvement from civil society as a whole. With this in mind, ideally as many NGOs as possible will be involved in contributing to the process, including through participation on an Advisory Committee, and ultimately endorse the Joint Report.
The coordination and drafting of each specific section of the joint submission is being done by a lead NGO (or number of lead NGOs) in each thematic area. The table available here outlines which NGOs are responsible for coordinating each particular thematic area.
The Coordinating Committee is currently in the process of finalising the joint submission, which will be circulated to NGOs across Australia for endorsement in early March 2015.
The Coordinating Committee has been facilitating a number of workshops across Australia, including in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Canberra and a webinar. Open the link to view: the powerpoint presentation from the workshops
The key dates for Australia's upcoming UPR are:
- 30 January 2015: Contributions from Lead NGOs Due
- 23 March 2015: NGO Report(s) Due
- 20 July 2015: Australian Government 'National Report' Due
- November 2015: Australia's Appearance at the UN in Geneva
- 30 January 2015: Contributions from thematic areas due to UPR Coordinating Committee
- January/February 2016: Adoption of the 'Outcomes Report'.
What can your NGO do next?
- Read the documents and information available
- Endorse the joint submission
- Contact one of the Coordinating Committee members with questions about the UPR, or the UPR process.
- UPR NGO Coalition Lead NGOs/Advisory Committee Contact Details
- UPR Joint NGO Report List of Thematic Areas
- Background document on UPR
- Last UPR Joint NGO Submission
- Last UPR Factsheets
- Last UPR Table of Recommendations and Australia's Response
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