May 08 2015
Past event

Universal Periodic Review – “Sharing National Experiences”


On the occasion of the UPR of some countries, the Permanent Missions of Canada and Denmark in collaboration with the Universal Rights Group and the Danish Institute for Human Rights organised an informal seminar on 8 May 2015 on sharing national experiences of the UPR with the aim of sharing experiences and identifying best practices countries for going through the Second Cycle of the UPR. The The event is designed as a stocktaking exercise building on the experience of our countries having gone on the 2nd Cycle of the UPR.


Welcoming Remarks by Ms Catherine Godin, Chargé d’Affaires a.i. , Permanent Mission of Canada to the United Nations

Introductory remarks by Ambassador Carsten Staur, Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of Denmark to the United Nations (Chair)

Tour de Table by all participating countries with upcoming UPR, indicating specific questions of interest re. UPR-process.

Interactive dialogue

I. Preparation of national report and national consultative process

The importance of the national preparation process,’ Mr Subhas Gujadhur, Director, Universal Rights Group

The experience of Denmark,’ Ms Christine Petheö, Head of Section, Department of Human Rights, Danish Ministry of Foreign Affairs (by videolink)

Comments and questions

II. The interactive dialogue during the session of the UPR working group

The experience of Sweden,’ Ms. Josefin Simonsson Brodén, Minister-Counsellor, Human Rights, Permanent Mission of Sweden to the United Nations

The experience of Slovenia,’ Ms Urška Čas Svetek, Human Rights Advisor, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Slovenia to the United Nations

Comments and questions

III. Implementation structures and processes

Good practice with implementation,’ Ms Shahrzad Tadjbakhsh, Chief, UPR Branch, OHCHR

The experience of Costa Rica,’ Ambassador Elayne Whyte Gómez, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Costa Rica to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

The experiences of Mexico,’ Ms. Gisele Fernandez Ludlow, Second Secretary, Permanent Mission of Mexico to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva

Comments and questions

Wrap-up and closing remarks by the Chair

The report of the event can be downloaded here.

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  • May 8th 2015
  • 12:00 - 15:00
  • By invitation only