UPR Consultation on Environmental Issues

United States Government Consultation on Environmental Issues Relating to United Nations Universal Periodic Review

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

University of California, Berkeley, School of Law

Warren Room, 295 Simon Hall


The International Human Rights Law Clinic at U.C. Berkeley School of Law was pleased to host the public and representatives of the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of State, and other federal agencies in a consultation session on environmental issues.

Topics discussed include: climate change, water issues, and environmental/public health protections and members of vulnerable communities.  A complete agenda with detailed information about the panels and speakers is available here. Find a document summarizing the day's discussion, here. A link to the video of the event can be found here.



Universal Periodic Review

The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a process through which the human rights records of all UN Member States are reviewed and assessed by the UN Human Rights Council. As part of the UPR, each UN member is encouraged to engage relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations, to discuss issues related to the review. The US government is preparing a report to submit to the UN Human Rights Council in January 2015 in advance of its second UPR review in spring 2015.


UPR Consultation on Environmental Issues

The Consultation on Environmental Issues is part of an effort by the Obama Administration to engage stakeholders on environmental issues in advance of the 2015 review. The goal of this meeting is to follow up on the recommendations made by the Human Rights Council during the 2010 review and to provide the public an additional opportunity to engage federal agencies on these issues.


Additional Information about the UPR process:

The United National Human Rights Council provides guidance to civil society groups interested in making a submission as part of the United States’ Universal Periodic Review.

The Department of State makes available background information regarding the UPR process with links to United States government materials.

U.S. Human Rights Network, a non-profit organization, offers resource materials for community members about the review process and how to get involved.