There are various tools published by the Secretariat that will help you planning your work with the Human Rights Council around the year and throughout sessions.
The calendar of sessions of the Human Rights Council gives an overview over the dates of all sessions of the Council and of its mechanisms. These include for instance the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Social Forum, the Forum on Minority Issues or the Expert Mechanism on Indigenous Peoples' Rights. The calendar covers the period from 1st January to 31st December and is available on the Extranet (user name: hrc extranet, password: 1session) or here.
|27 January - 7 February||18th session of the Universal Periodic Review|
|3 March - 28 March||25th session of the Human Rights Council|
|28 April - 9 May||19th session of the Universal Periodic Review|
|10 June - 27 June||26th session of the Human Rights Council|
|8 September - 26 September||27th session of the Human Rights Council|
|27 October - 7 November||20th session of the Universal Periodic Review|
An important tool for planning your year is the Annual Programme of Work. It is structured along the 10 items of the agenda. For each plenary session of the Council, the Annual Programme of Work takes up the 10 items and fills them with specific content. For example, it will state that during the March session, discussions under item 3 ("Promotion and protection of all human rights, civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights, including the right to development"), will include the annual full day meeting on the rights of the child or the interactive dialogue with the Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Defenders, whereas the indigenous peoples rights will be up for discussion during the September session.
The Annual Programme of Work therefore helps you to find out which concrete topics will be discussed in which session. It is thus an essential tool to plan your work, including to decide to which sessions you are going to assist and on what topic you wish to focus your lobbying efforts on. The Annual Programme of Work is available on the Extranet (user name: hrc extranet, password: 1session) or here.
The annotated agenda of a specific session is structured along the 10 items of the agenda. It contains specific information on what will be discussed under each item. In particular, it includes references to documents that form the basis for discussions, such as reports that will be considered during the session as well as references to past resolutions that are relevant for the discussion. The Annotated Agenda is available on the official website of the Council, by selecting the relevant session, and then on "Annotations to the Agenda" in your preferred language.
During plenary and UPR sessions of the Council, as well as sessions of other subsidiary bodies, smaller and informal meetings called "side events" or "informal meetings" are also held. The official calendar of side events is published on the website of the Council (select session, then "Bulletin of Informal Meetings" on the right) during plenary sessions only, and only two days before an event is held. In addition, the Secretariat publishes an advanced list of NGO side events to plenary as well as UPR sessions. It is put online a few days before the beginning of the session and is not updated anymore later on. This list is pubished on the Extranet (user name: hrc extranet, password: 1session). Once logged in, click
If you are organising a side event, you may always email or bring along a printed flyer of your side event to be displayed at the Welcome Desk. If you bring several copies (around twenty), we will be happy to give them to interested visitors. Learn more about how to organise a side event here.