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Preparing for the 3rd Cycle of the UPR : A Question and Answer Session with the Chief of the UPR Branch(OHCHR)

On April 4th, 2016, the International Catholic Center of Geneva (CCIG) organized a meeting between the UPR platform members with the Chief, Ms. Shahrzad Tadjbakhsh, and other OHCHR representatives from the UPR Branch.
The goal of the meeting was to provide information  in preparation of the 3rd cycle of the UPR, which will start in 2017.

 The meeting offered the occasion to improve platform members contribution within the UPR and to discuss difficulties that NGOs encounter while working with this mechanism. The implementation of UPR recommendations on the ground was also directly addressed as a main challenge for the 3rd UPR cycle. 
In summary, there needs to be greater collaboration between the NGOS, States and UN agencies in order to better implement human rights policies at the local level. As Ms. Tadjbaksh stated, these kind of meetings provide a great opportunity for the OHCHR to consult with civil society and open up avenues to dialogue.

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