How do States transpose international human rights recommendations into local reality, and how to measure progress?
This project will adopt a ‘bottom-up’ approach to understanding how, and to what extent, States implement international human rights obligations and recommendations at domestic level, and will seek to replicate good practice and provide counsel to UN mechanisms and processes designed to support domestic implementation (e.g. follow-up and capacity-building processes).
Starting in January 2016, the URG is implementing a project that has the following three broad objectives, to:
- Support the creation of an informal space for dialogue and exchange between States that have established or are undergoing the process of establishing such mechanisms, or that are simply willing to engage in dialogue on questions of implementation, follow-up, impact, and reporting.
- Support the creation of a space for sharing good practice, lessons learnt, and challenges faced by Sates at domestic level in implementing, tracking, and reporting on human rights recommendations and identifying ways to better overcome challenges, including through bilateral and regional experience exchange.
- Support the promotion of the role of national mechanisms responsible for implementation coordination, reporting, and follow-up and the wider ‘implementation agenda’ within related Council initiatives, with the ultimate aim of boosting efforts conducive to the overall strengthening of the ‘on-the-ground’ enjoyment of human rights for all.
News and resources
Cross-regional statement of the Group of Friends on national implementation, reporting and follow-up (delivered during the 34th session of the Human Rights Council under item 2).
OHCHR side-event on ‘National Mechanisms for Reporting and Follow-up – A newly emerging national human rights actor?’ (14 November 2016, Room XII, Palais des Nations).
Joint statement by the UN70 Group at Human Rights Council (delivered during the 34th session of the Human Rights Council).
OHCHR publication: ‘National Mechanisms for Reporting and Follow-up – A practical guide to effective State engagement with international human rights mechanisms’
OHCHR publication: ‘National Mechanisms for Reporting and Follow-up – A study of State engagement with international human rights mechanisms’
Portugal statement (delivered during the 35th session of the Human Rights Council under item 2)
Portugal statement on behalf of Group of Friends on national implementation reporting and follow-up (delivered during Tuesday 9th May 2017 side-event on The UPR: An implementation reality check)
Portugal statement on behalf of the Group of Friends on national implementation, reporting and follow-up (delivered during the annual panel discussion on human rights mainstreaming at the 37th regular session of the Human Rights Council)
OHCHR briefing – OHCHR Field Work General 2017 UPR Briefing
OHCHR briefing – UPR Follow up fund
United Nations Development Group – UN Country Team support to tracking the follow-up of human rights recommendations
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