Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa will lead Zimbabwe's delegation to Geneva, Switzerland, next week to present to the United Nations Human Rights Council the country's National Universal Periodic Review (UPR) report on progress the country has made in upholding human rights.

The UPR is a human rights mechanism adopted by the UN General Assembly to review the implementation of human rights in all member states once every four years.

Zimbabwe was first reviewed under UPR in 2011 when the government presented the national report (NR) and thereafter engaged in an inter-active session with the UPR Working Group and other UN member States. Under the review process, a member State is required to submit a NR on the measures taken to promote, respect, protect and fulfill human rights.

Essentially, the UPR which is a State-driven process, provides an opportunity for each State to identify key human rights issues and challenges and also declare what actions they have taken to improve human rights situations and to fulfill human rights obligations.

Further to the NR, UN agencies and other stakeholders are given an opportunity to make submissions on recommendations on the human rights situation of the State under review.

Briefing journalists here Friday, Mnangagwa said 177 recommendations on various human rights issues were made to the government of Zimbabwe of which 130 were accepted and Zimbabwe undertook to implement them.

"After the initial review, a UPR National Steering Committee was established comprising government Ministries, civil society organizations, national human rights institutions, trade unions and Parliament representatives and has been the core of driving the implementation of the accepted recommendations," he said.

"Since 2012, the government has been actively pursuing implementation of the recommendations that it accepted. In particular, a National Plan of Action (NPA) was formulated highlighting the strategies and measures to be adopted in order to fully implement the 130 accepted recommendations.

"In preparation for the second cycle Review, the government embarked on a wide consultative process covering eight provinces in order to obtain input feedback from various community based organizations and civic society organizations on various human rights issues and stakeholders

were also consulted on the draft National Report (NR)."