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Dartmouth Consultation on Poverty: United Nations Universal Periodic Review on Human Rights
August 29 - August 30
This is an opportunity to work with the United Nations and U.S. State Department in solving human Rights and poverty in the U.S.
The UPR presents a major advocacy opportunity for Dartmouth to advance human rights in the U.S. through the Universal Periodic Review (or UPR), a UN process that evaluates the human rights records of all 193 UN member states. Each state may launch a local UPR consultation on a human rights topic of their choosing. Findings and recommendations from UNA-USA consultations will ultimately be shared with the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, U.S. State Department, and UN Human Rights Office (OHCHR). No previous knowledge or experience with the UPR is required, just an interest in human rights, the UN, and making an impact.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. The UPR is a significant innovation of the Human Rights Council which is based on equal treatment for all countries. It provides an opportunity for all States to declare what actions they have taken to improve the human rights situations in their countries and to overcome challenges to the enjoyment of human rights. The UPR also includes a sharing of best human rights practices around the globe. Currently, no other mechanism of this kind exists. The ultimate goal of UPR is the improvement of the human rights situation in every country with significant consequences for people around the globe. The UPR is designed to prompt, support, and expand the promotion and protection of human rights on the ground. To achieve this, the UPR involves assessing States’ human rights records and addressing human rights violations wherever they occur. The UPR also aims to provide technical assistance to States and enhance their capacity to deal effectively with human rights challenges and to share best practices in the field of human rights among States and other stakeholders.
This is the third UPR ever conducted in the United States. The last one conducted in 2015 and received a total of 228 recommendations, where the U.S. adopted 177/228 recommendations! The Dartmouth UPR Consultation will be conducted on August 29th and August 30th. The impact and significance of this is truly immeasurable.