UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

06/18/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 06/18/2021 06:42

UNESCO launches new guidelines for UN Country Teams to promote freedom of expression through the Universal Periodic Review

The UPR is a unique, state-driven process within the UN system, involving the continuous assessment of the human rights records of all 193 UN Member States. It is informed by reports submitted by Member States, civil society and UN agencies.

The UNESCO guidelines were designed specifically for UN Country Teams to maximize the use of the UPR at the country level. They provide practical examples for engaging with the UPR prior, during and after the review. The daily groundwork of UNCTs involves an ongoing dialogue with States, and with broad sectors of society. As such, UNCTs are well-placed to bring a variety of social actors together to advance on national commitments, including those related to information, freedom of expression and the safety of journalists.

The Guidelines can be accessed here: The Universal Periodic Review and its potential to foster freedom of expression, access to information and safety of journalists.