Workshop on Preparation for Mid-term Report of Universal Periodic Review Concluded
Informal Sector Service Center (INSEC) and Geneva-based non-governmental organization UPR Info organized a workshop to brainstorm for the preparation of the civil society mid-term report of the third cycle of Universal Periodic Review (UPR) on January 23-24, 2023 in Kathmandu. Representatives from civil society organizations, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and the Government of Nepal shared the progress and status of performance of the state in regard to the supported UPR recommendation by the state.
The Acting Secretary of NHRC, Murari Kharel, presented that the Commission formed a UPR reporting, monitoring and follow-up strategy and guideline to ensure periodic reporting and effective engagement in the implementation of the UPR recommendation. He also mentioned the need for an integrated system of data management to assure the efficient reporting process.
Similarly, the Undersecretary of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, Shradha Rijal, mentioned that the Government of Nepal prepared a combined document of UPR recommendation implementation plan and National Human Rights Action Plan to ensure its proper implementation as well as smooth reporting. She further expressed the commitment of the Government to implement the UPR recommendations gradually.
Executive Director of INSEC, Bijay Raj Gautam, presented that INSEC, on behalf of NGO Coalition for UPR, has initiated an interaction for brainstorming among the stakeholders to prepare mid-term report on the third cycle of UPR. Earlier, he informed that INSEC, as the secretariat of NGO Coalition for UPR, has submitted the mid-term reports in every previous reporting cycle to share the status update and accountability of the state in its commitment through the acceptance to the recommendations. He praised the engagement of the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers, NHRC and civil society organizations in the reporting process. The workshop was facilitated by UPR Info Focal Person, Kapil Aryal, and INSEC’s Advocacy Manager Samjha Shrestha.
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