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Canada’s Fourth Universal Periodic Review: Your voice counts!

UPR4: Your voice counts! Engaging civil society around Canada's 4th Universal Periodic Review

Equitas is collaborating with the Human Rights Program in the Department of Canadian Heritage to actively engage civil society organizations across Canada regarding Canada’s Fourth Universal Periodic Review (UPR4). The engagement process ultimately aims to inform Canada’s response to the recommendations it received on November 10, 2023, as part of its UPR4 process. 

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process, established by the United Nations Human Rights Council, which involves a periodic review of the human rights records of all 193 United Nations Member States, including Canada. The UPR serves as a crucial tool that enables the United Nations Human Rights Council to examine whether Member States are meeting their human rights obligations and commitments. You can consult the reports submitted as part of Canada’s review. 

The engagement process facilitated by Equitas is an exciting opportunity for civil society organizations to learn more about the UPR process and contribute their unique perspectives to the decision-making of federal, provincial, and territorial governments on which UPR4 recommendations Canada will accept.   

This engagement process is comprised of 3 parts: 

1. A knowledge-building webinar

On November 23, 2023, Equitas offered a comprehensive 90-minute webinar designed to improve the understanding of the UPR process for civil society organizations in Canada .

2. Five engagement sessions with civil society organizations in Canada

 Due to limited space and the need to ensure diverse participation, we ask that only one representative from your organization register and attend one of the following five engagement sessions. Other members of your organization wishing to comment on the recommendations received by Canada will be able to do so through the consultation form. 

  • In-person in French: Tuesday, November 28, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern time at Centre St. Pierre in Montreal (near Beaudry metro station). The address is: Room 306 at 1212, rue Panet, Montréal, Québec H2L 2Y7
    • Registration closed
  • In-person in English: Friday, December 1, 2023, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm Eastern time at Global Affairs Canada in Ottawa. The address is: Room S7-214 at 111 Sussex Drive, Ottawa, ON K1N 1J1
    • Registration closed
  • Online in French (Zoom): Monday, December 4, 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern time
    • Registration closed
  • Online in English (Zoom): Tuesday, December 5, 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern time
    • Registration closed
  • Online in English (Zoom): Wednesday, December 6, 2023, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm Eastern time
    • Registration closed

3. An asynchronous consultation form

We ask that it is completed by Wednesday, December 13, 2023, end of day.

Read our synthesis report on civil society’s engagement on Canada’s UPR4