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COMMITTEE ON THE ELIMINATION OF DISCRIMINATION AGAINST WOMEN

Simplified reporting procedure

At its 58th and 59th sessions, held in June/July 2014 and in October/November 2014, respectively (A/70/38, part two, decision 58/II, and part three, decision 59/IV), the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women decided to offer, on a pilot basis, a simplified reporting procedure to those States parties that wish to avail themselves of this procedure for the submission of their overdue periodic reports as from 1 January 2015, provided that the States parties concerned have submitted an updated common core document, in accordance with the harmonized guidelines on reporting under the international human rights treaties, including guidelines on a common core document and treaty-specific documents (HRI/MC/2006/3 and Corr.1), which dates back no more than five years or less in case there have been significant political and/or socio-economic changes during the five-year period.

Under the simplified reporting procedure, the Committee’s pre-sessional working group prepares a list of issues to be approved by the Committee at its next regular session, to be transmitted to the State party concerned prior to the submission of its report (such lists are known as lists of issues prior to reporting - LOIPR). The replies of the State party to the list of issues prior to reporting constitute its periodic report under article 18, paragraph 1 (b), of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. In accordance with General Assembly resolution 68/268, paragraph 16, the periodic report must not exceed 21,200 words.

The Committee is of the view that the simplified reporting procedure will assist States parties to prepare and submit more focused reports. The LOIPR, transmitted to States parties prior to the submission of their reports, will guide the preparation and content of their periodic report, facilitate the reporting process of States parties and strengthen their capacity to fulfil their reporting obligation in a timely and effective manner.

After the submission of the State party's replies to the LOIPR, no further list of issues will be established by the Committee before the consideration of the State party’s report. For that reason, reports received under this procedure will be scheduled by the Committee for consideration as a matter of priority.

At its 60th session, held in February/March 2015 (A/70/38, part three, decision 60/IX), the Committee, in accordance with the criteria stipulated in decisions 58/II and 59/IV (see above), approved the requests of the following States parties to submit their overdue periodic reports under the simplified reporting procedure: Belarus (eighth periodic report), Ireland (combined sixth to eighth periodic reports), Israel (sixth periodic report), Luxembourg (combined sixth and seventh periodic reports) and Romania (combined seventh to ninth periodic reports).

See documentation relating to the optional reporting procedure by State party

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