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Towards the 4th Cycle of the UPR: Informal Consultations with Civil Society/ Vers le 4e cycle de l'EPU : Consultations informelles avec la société civile
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The objective of the informal consultations is to provide a space for constructive dialogue among civil society representatives to encourage effective engagement in the 4th cycle of the UPR.

The target participants are civil society representatives, including NGOS, NHRIs, parliamentarians, and academics. The debate will be held in English and French.

13 July 2021- Day 1

Theme: Civil Society Participation
Sub-topic 1: Reflection on CSO participation
Questions for discussion: How has coalition building among CSOs maximized impact? To what extent have marginalized groups been included in UPR consultations? How have other national actors participated in the UPR process (NHRIs, parliamentarians, etc)?

Sub-topic 2: Technical and procedural aspects of engagement
Questions for discussion: How can the accessibility of the mechanism be improved? What aspects of the procedural changes implemented due to the pandemic have facilitated CSO participation in the UPR? Should any of these updates be integrated in the long-term?

14 July 2021- Day 2

Theme: Good Practices for Implementation
Sub-topic 1: The Role of States
Questions for discussion: How can the State under Review (SuR) be encouraged to collaborate with civil society? What good practices can the SuR put in place to cooperate with civil society during the implementation phase? How can they ensure that civil society have access to the tools and information necessary to monitor implementation? How can the General Debate under Item 6 be better utilized to provide updates and follow-up on the implementation of recommendations?

Sub-topic 2: Engagement support
Questions for discussion: How can the OHCHR and UN agencies better support the engagement of civil society? What tools are most useful for civil society in the follow-up of recommendations and how can they be improved?

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