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UNITED NATIONS HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL

Background information and documents


Background

In its resolution 8/9, the Human Rights Council requested the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to convene a workshop on the right of peoples to peace which took place on 15 - 16 December 2009 in Geneva. Several high level experts participated in the workshop. The report of the Office of the High Commissioner on the outcome of the expert workshop (A/HRC/14/38) was presented to the 14th session of the Human Rights Council.

The Human Rights Council, in its resolution 14/3, noted with satisfaction the outcome of the workshop on the right of peoples to peace, 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 progress to the Council at its 17th session.

At its 5th session the Advisory Committee established a drafting group on the draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace.

The drafting group prepared, upon request by the Committee (A/HRC/AC/5/3), a questionnaire to facilitate consultations with Member States, civil society, academia and all relevant stakeholders. The drafting group then submitted a draft progress report on the draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace to the 6th session of the Advisory Committee.

At its 6th session, the Advisory Committee adopted this progress report which was submitted to the Human Rights Council for consideration at its 17th session (A/HRC/17/39 and, A/HRC/17/39/Corr.1). In its resolution 17/16, the Human Rights Council considered this progress report and requested the Advisory Committee to present a draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace and to report to the Council at its 20th session. Additionally, the Council requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to re-transmit the questionnaire prepared by the Advisory Committee on the issue of the right of peoples to peace, in order to seek the views and comments of Member States, civil society, academia and all relevant stakeholders.

At its 8th session, the Advisory Committee requested the drafting group to finalize its work on the draft declaration on the right of peoples to peace, revised in light of comments received by Member States, civil society, academia and other relevant stakeholders and discussions held at the 7th session of the Advisory Committee, for submission to the 20th session of the Human Rights Council.

At its 20th session, the Human Rights Council considered the report of the Advisory Committee (A/HRC/20/31) and adopted resolution 20/15 by which it decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group as stated in the mandate section.

In June 2013, when considering the Working Group's report of its first session (contained in A/HRC/WG.13/1/2), the Council adopted resolution 23/16 by which it requested the Chairperson to prepare a new text on the basis of the discussions held during the first session of the working group and on the basis of the intersessional informal consultations.

Documentation

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly

  • 33/73. Declaration on the Preparation of Societies for Life in Peace
  • 39/11. Right of peoples to peace

Resolutions adopted by the Human Rights Council

  • 8/9- Promotion on the right of peoples to peace
  • 14/3- Promotion of the right of peoples to peace
  • 17/16- Promotion of the right of peoples to peace
  • 20/15 -Promotion of the right to peace
  • 23/16- Promotion of the right to peace

Reports considered by the Human Rights Council

  • A/HRC/14/38 - Report of the Office of the High Commissioner on the outcome of the expert workshop on the right of peoples to peace
  • A/HRC/17/39 - Progress report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the right of peoples to peace
  • A/HRC/17/39/Corr.1- Corrigendum
  • A/HRC/20/31 - Report of the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee on the right of peoples to peace