General Discussion on the Draft General Comment on Article 7 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: Right to just and favourable conditions of work

Geneva, 16 June 2015, 3 - 6  p.m.
Ground Floor Conference Room Palais Wilson

On the occasion of its 56th session, to be held in Geneva from 1 to 19 June 2015, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will hold a half-day general discussion on the draft general comment on the right to just and favourable conditions of work (article 7 of the Covenant):

Article 7 The States Parties to the present Covenant recognize the right of everyone to the enjoyment of just and favourable conditions of work which ensure, in particular:

(a) Remuneration which provides all workers, as a minimum, with:
(i) Fair wages and equal remuneration for work of equal value without distinction of any kind, in particular women being guaranteed conditions of work not inferior to those enjoyed by men, with equal pay for equal work;
(ii) A decent living for themselves and their families in accordance with the provisions of the present Covenant;
(b) Safe and healthy working conditions;
(c) Equal opportunity for everyone to be promoted in his employment to an appropriate higher level, subject to no considerations other than those of seniority and competence;
(d) Rest, leisure and reasonable limitation of working hours and periodic holidays with pay, as well as remuneration for public holidays.

Objective of the General Discussion

The objective of the general discussion is to solicit input on the draft general comment by interested stakeholders, for consideration by the Committee. The purpose of the general comment is to provide authoritative guidance to State Parties on the measures to be adopted to ensure full compliance with the rights under this article.


The three-hour general discussion will focus on the various parts of the draft general comment, notably related to 1) the normative content, 2) obligations and 3) violations. The Agenda will be developed in consultation with key partners and will be available here.

Date and venue – Palais Wilson

The discussion will take place during a plenary meeting at Palais Wilson (Rue des Paquis 52), Ground Floor Conference Room, on Tuesday 16 June from 3 – 6 p.m. Interpretation will be provided in the six official United Nations languages.

Methodology and participation

Representatives of organizations wishing to attend the session should register in advance, preferably by 15 May 2015, registration should be done through the CESCR secretariat by writing to (cescr-article7@ohchr.org) and submitting a registration form. The number of persons per organisation will be limited due to the constraints of space.

Oral Interventions

It is envisaged that during the general discussion, time will be allocated for oral statements and for discussion. Participants wishing to make an oral statement should indicate the intention to do so to the Secretariat (cescr-article7@ohchr.org) by 15 May 2015. Statements will be limited in time, taking into account their scope and the total number of requests. In any case, they should not exceed 5 minutes. Although the Committee will try to accommodate all requests, it cannot guarantee that all speakers will be able to do so given the time constraints.

Written contributions

The Committee also invites interested parties to provide written input on the draft in advance of the general discussion.

Written contributions should be sent electronically in Word format to the Secretariat (cescr-article7@ohchr.org) indicating in the subject “General discussion on just and favourable conditions of work”. Submissions should be in one of the working languages of the Committee (English, French or Spanish) must not exceed 5 pages and be transmitted by 4 May 2015. The Secretariat will not be in a position to translate the written submissions.


Following the discussion, the Rapporteurs will consider the information obtained as they further develop the draft general comment which will be presented to the Committee for reading in closed session and adoption.


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