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Human Rights Council review


Background

When creating the Human Rights Council in March 2006 (resolution 60/251), the United Nations General Assembly decided that the Council shall review its work and functioning five years after it has come into existence. It also provided that the status of the Council is to be reviewed at the level of the General Assembly.

Intergovernmental Working Group on the Council Review

In October 2009, at its 12th session, the Council established an open-ended intergovernmental working group on the review of the work and functioning of the Human Rights Council (by resolution 12/1).

Pre-sessional initiatives

A number of informal initiatives were convened by Member States and observers to discuss the scope of the review and reflect on various proposals. In addition, several rounds of informal consultations were convened by the Council President to delineate the process and the modalities of the review. During the 15th session of the Council, the President presented an oral progress report and in this context, informed the membership of the joint understanding reached with the President of the General Assembly in New York on the coordination of the review processes of the Council and the General Assembly.

First session of the Working Group on the Council Review

The Working Group held its first session from 25 to 29 October 2010 which marked the formal launch of the review process in Geneva.

Draft Programme of Work and Modalities of the first session of the Working Group.

Second session of the Working Group on the Council Review

The Working Group held its second session on 7, 17-18, and 23-24 February 2011 in room XX (Palais des Nations)

Draft Programme of Work, 7 February 2011 and Report of the Working Group

For further information on the HCR Review as well as written contributions submitted to the first session of the intergovernmental working group on the review, please visit the HRC Review section of the HRC Extranet.

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Organigramme of the Human Rights Council

General Assembly Resolution 60/251 establishing the Human Rights Council (2006)

HRC Resolution 5/1: Human Rights Council “Institution-building package” (2007)

HRC Resolution 16/21: Review of the work and functioning of the Human Rights Council (2011)

GA Resolution 65/281: Review of the Human Rights Council (2011)

Report of the Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change (2004)

Report of the Secretary-General “In larger freedom: towards development, security and human rights for all” (2005)

Addendum to the Secretary-General's Report: Explanatory Note on the Human Rights Council (2005)

2005 World Summit Outcome Document (2005)

Summary of Commission on Human Rights informal consultations (2005)

Compilation of Commission on Human Rights Practices (2005)