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Annual Meeting of Chairpersons of Human Rights Treaty Bodies

The annual Meeting of Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies provides a forum for members of the ten human rights treaty bodies (Human Rights Committee, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, Committee against Torture, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Committee on Migrant Workers, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Committee on Enforced Disappearance and the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture) to discuss their work and consider ways to enhance the effectiveness of the treaty body system as a whole. Issues addressed at these meetings have included, among other things, the streamlining and overall improvement of human rights reporting procedures, harmonization of the Committees' methods of work, follow-up to World Conferences, and financial issues.

In response to reports from several of the treaty bodies, the General Assembly, in 1983, called on the chairpersons of human rights treaty bodies to meet in order to discuss how to enhance the work of the treaty bodies (A/RES/38/117). The first meeting of chairpersons took place in 1984. Since 1995, the chairpersons of human rights treaty bodies meet annually per GA resolution 49/178.

Informal consultations with States parties as well as UN partners and NGOs are a standard feature of the annual meeting of chairpersons. 

27th meeting of Chairpersons (22-26 June 2015, San José, Costa Rica)
Informal meeting of Chairpersons (16-18 January 2015)

Decisions and recommendations

Guidelines against intimidation or reprisals

Joint statement treaty body Chairpersons on Post-2015 Development Agenda


Draft Programme of work

List of participants
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Chairpersons Bios compilation

NGOs submissions:

Human Rights against Violence - Joint Statement by Treaty Body Chairpersons
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Joint statement on the post 2015 development agenda

Previous Meetings

26th Meeting of Chairpersons
25th Meeting of Chairpersons
24th Meeting of Chairpersons
23rd Meeting of Chairpersons

Inter-Committee Meeting (2002-2011)

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About the Annual Meeting of Chairpersons
The Committees
System wide information

The United Nations Human Rights Treaty System (Rev.1)
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What is a human rights treaty body? – a short video
Glossary of terms
Press Releases

Strengthening the treaty body system