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HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Right to Peace

At its twentieth session, the Human Rights Council took note of the draft declaration prepared by the Advisory Committee (A/HRC/20/31) and decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate of progressively negotiating a draft United Nations declaration on the right to peace, on the basis of the draft submitted by the Advisory Committee, and without prejudging relevant past, present and future views and proposals (resolution 20/15).

The first session of the working group will take place from 18-21 February 2013. Ms. Zulficar, as a chairperson of the Advisory Committee drafting group on the draft declaration, will participate in the working group’s session.

Background:

In its resolution 14/3, the Human Rights Council requested to the Advisory Committee to prepare a report on the draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace. At its sixth session, the Committee adopted a progress report for submission to and consideration by the Human Rights Council at its seventeenth session (A/HRC/17/39) [E F S A C R]  and A/HRC/17/39/Corr.1.

In its resolution 8/9, the Human Rights Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene, before April 2009, a workshop on the right of peoples to peace with the participation of two experts from countries of each of the five regional groups and to report on the outcome of the workshop to the Council at its eleventh session, to be held in June 2009. The workshop took place on 15 - 16 December 2009 in Geneva.

In its resolution 14/3, the Human Rights Council (HRC) took note with satisfaction of the report of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the outcome of the workshop on the right of peoples to peace (A/HRC/14/38), and further requested the Advisory Committee, in consultation with Member States, civil society, academia and all relevant stakeholders, to prepare a draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace, and to report on the progress thereon to the Council at its seventeenth session.

At its fifth session (A/HRC/AC/5/3) [E F S A C R], the Advisory Committee adopted recommendation 5/2, in which it designated Ms. Chung, Mr. d’Escoto Brockmann, Mr. Heinz (Rapporteur) and Ms. Zulficar (Chairperson) as members of a drafting group entrusted to submit a draft progress report on the draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace at its sixth session., the drafting group was also requested to prepare a questionnaire to consult with Member States, civil society, academia and all relevant stakeholders, to be distributed after the discussion at the sixth session of the Committee.

Moreover, the drafting group of the Advisory Committee on the right of peoples to peace has prepared a questionnaire to facilitate consultations with Member States, civil society, academia and all relevant stakeholders on this research matter:

  • Questionnaire in English: Word - PDF
  • Questionnaire in French:  Word - PDF

To view the responses received, click here

At its seventh session (A/HRC/AC/7/3) and then at its eight session (A/HRC/AC/8/4), the Advisory Committee requested the drafting group to finalize work on the draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace in the light of discussions held by the Advisory Committee at its 7th and 8th sessions, and to submit it to the Human Rights Council at its 20th session.

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