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4th UPR cycle support for “Other Stakeholder” Submissions

GATE welcomes collaboration with trans, gender diverse, intersex and wider LGBTQI organizations on contributions by “Other Stakeholders” to the 4th UPR cycle

What is the Universal Periodic Review (UPR)?

Created through the United Nations (UN) General Assembly in 2006, the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a mechanism of the Human Rights Council (HRC) that monitors and seeks to improve the human rights record of every UN Member State. Although Member States are the driving force behind this process, civil society organizations (CSOs) play an integral role as they can submit reports describing the situation on the ground and conduct advocacy with other States ahead of their own State’s review at the UPR. The 4th UPR cycle is currently underway and takes place between 2022 – 2026.

How can GATE help?

GATE can provide assistance with submissions from trans, gender diverse, intersex and wider LGBTQI organizations. In particular, we are interested in highlighting the opposition that trans and gender diverse people face from anti-gender groups and engaging in strategic collaboration to advocate for specific recommendations regarding this issue. Our analysis shows that anti-gender groups are growing in power and geographical reach, and becoming more successful in pushing back against the hard-won gains by the LGB, trans and gender diverse, and intersex communities. If your analysis shows that this problem is relevant to your context, please reach out!

  • If you would like to collaborate with GATE on your submission, please get in touch with us no later than 6 weeks before the deadline at report-submissions@gate.ngo.

Who can submit reports?

The UPR process provides for the participation of all relevant stakeholders, including civil society actors, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), national human rights institutions (NHRIs), and regional mechanisms. 

Information for drafting reports

In the preparation for your submission, check for the SOGIESC recommendations accepted/supported or noted by your country during the previous review.

We also suggest that you consult the following handbooks:

  1. SOGIESC UPR Advocacy Toolkit by ILGA World
  2. A comprehensive guide for Civil Society Organizations engaging with the UPR by UPR-Info
  3. Chapter VII of A Handbook for Civil Society by OHCHR

Dates for submission

Deadlines for stakeholders’ submissions to the UPR can be found on the OHCHR UPR Civil Society Engagement webpage.

Interested in support with other UN engagement? We can also assist with shadow report submissions to CEDAW.