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The Human Rights Centre of the University of Padova organizes the Universal Periodic Review Model. The simulations are widespread academic projects in which well-prepared students try to replicate the diplomatic activities that take place within the UN bodies and other international organizations.
The Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is one of the most complex procedures of the UN human rights system. It is a mechanism based on dialogue and cooperation in which UN Member States make recommendations to their peers: any country can address recommendations to the States under Review, which can either support or note those received and must implement those accepted. The aim of this procedure is to evaluate UN Member States' actions and performances in the field of human rights and encourage them to improve their human rights situations in their country. UPR reviews are conducted three times a year in Geneva, by the Human Rights Council, through its UPR Working Group composed by its 47 Member States, with the support of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights.
The model consists of a simulation of the actual Universal Periodic Review.