Sunday, June 28, 2009

Agenda of the UN human rights treaty body meetings this week

The UN human rights treaty bodies will convene for their next inter committee meeting from June 29 to July 1. The chairpersons of the nine treaty bodies will then meet for two additional days, July 2 and 3. In addition to the usual administrative/procedural matters, the draft agenda includes the following suggested topics:
  • enhancing the effectiveness of the treaty bodies
  • harmonization of working methods
  • standardization of terminology
  • follow up measures
  • participation of national human rights institutions, States parties, and NGOs
  • the role of the country rapporteur/task force
  • the role of the inter-committee group in the treaty body system
  • cross referencing to the work of other treaty bodies
  • interrelationship to the universal periodic review procedure of the Human Rights Council
  • informal consultation with States parties
  • meeting with the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for human rights
  • meeting with experts and working group chairs of the special procedures mechanisms of the Human Rights Council
I will be attending the sessions as a representative of The Advocates for Human Rights, a private non-governmental organization with special consultative status from ECOSOC (the UN Economic and Social Council). I'll be posting daily updates here at the Project Eleanor Human Rights blog throughout the sessions.

Penny Parker

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