COMMITTEE ON ECONOMIC, SOCIAL AND CULTURAL RIGHTS
Information for Civil Society Organisations
CESCR Committee Members
The CESCR Committee consists of 18 members, serving in their personal capacity.
The session and the meeting of the presessional working group of the Committee take place in Geneva at the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, Palais Wilson, ground floor conference room.
The reports of the States parties to be considered as well as other relevant documentation such as the lists of issues adopted by the pre-sessional working group, the States parties’ replies thereto, the submissions received by the Committee and the concluding observations are posted on the webpage of each session.
The provisional agenda as well as the tentative programme of work are also found on each session’s page.
Adoption of list of issues
At the meeting of the pre-sessional working groups, CESCR adopts lists of issues relating to the reports of States parties in advance of the dialogue. States parties are in turn expected to submit replies to the lists of issues.
Adoption of concluding observations and list of issues
Following the consideration of the States parties’ reports, CESCR adopts in a closed meeting concluding observations that will assist the States parties in the implementation of the Covenant. These concluding observations outline positive aspects, principal subjects of concern and the Committee’s recommendations on how to address challenges faced by the States parties.
Once adopted, the concluding observations are posted on the CESCR webpage under the relevant session.
Parallel reports for the Committee
The Committee welcomes written information, which should be as specific, reliable and objective as possible, from international, regional, national and local organizations as well as national human rights institutions. Parallel submissions prepared by coalitions, rather than individual organizations, and covering a broad range of economic, social and cultural rights are also encouraged.
All submissions to CESCR should:
Be submitted in English, French or Spanish. It is very useful if you could submit a report and/or summary translated into English. Please note that the UN Secretariat does not translate these reports.
Be transmitted to the CESCR Secretariat a month and a half before the beginning of the session with respect to States for examination at a given session, and two months before the beginning of the meeting of the presessional working group with respect to States upon which list of issues will be adopted.
Be transmitted to the CESCR Secretariat electronically, and thereafter in 20 paper copies for the session and 7 paper copies for the pre-sessional working group by mail. OHCHR does not reproduce submissions.
Representatives of organizations who wish to attend the CESCR session or the meeting of the pre-session working group are requested to submit the full name of the organization, names of the representatives, and proposed dates of attendance to CESCR Secretariat by filling out the accreditation request form ten days before the beginning of the session or the pre-session. Arrangements will be made with the Accreditation Office for the issuance of the United Nations ground passes to enter United Nations premises. To claim the ground pass, all applicants are required present their passports or government-issued ID (with photo) at the security. For more information, please follow the procedure on the link below
Please note that OHCHR is not in a position to send letters of invitations to attend CESCR sessions or assist with travel or accommodation arrangements.
Informal meetings and lunchtime briefings Organizations that have submitted reports to the Committee may make a brief oral presentation on the afternoon of the first Monday of the session and/or organize lunchtime briefings, typically from 13.45 to 14.45 pm, usually the day before the dialogue. The accommodation of request for lunchtime briefings will depend on the availability of the Committee members. Likewise, organizations which have submitted information for the meeting of the pre-sessional working group.
Please contact the CESCR Secretariat as soon as possible at the latest three weeks before the session or the pre-session to confirm attendance at the Monday briefing and/or to inform about proposed lunchtime briefings with the members of the Committee.
The dialogue between the Committee and States parties is held in public and is webcasted live at http://www.treatybodywebcast.org/
For more information on how to participate in the work of the Committee, please consult the information on working methods.