Open-ended intergovernmental working group on a draft United Nations declaration on the right to peace
At its 20th session, on 5 July 2012, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 20/15 by which it decided to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group to meet for 4 working days prior to the 22nd session of the Human Rights Council (25 February-22 March 2013) to progressively negotiate a draft United Nations declaration on the right to peace. Initially, the Working Group was requested to work on the basis of the draft submitted by the Advisory Committee without prejudging relevant past, present and future views and proposals. 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.
The second session of the open-ended working group took place from 30 June to 4 July 2014 in room XVIII, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
In September 2014, the Council adopted resolution 27/17 by which it decided to hold a third session of the working group in 2015, with the objective of finalizing the declaration. It also requested the Chairperson-Rapporteur to conduct informal consultations and to prepare a revised text.
The third session of the open-ended working group took place from 20 to 24 April 2015 in room XIX, Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.
On 1 October 2015, the Council adopted resolution 30/12 entitled "Promotion of the right to peace" by which it decided that the working group should hold its fourth session for five working days with the objective of finalizing the declaration.
Pursuant to the adoption of resolution 32/28 entitled "Declaration on the Right to Peace" on 1 July 2016, the fourth session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group has been cancelled and no further sessions are foreseen to be held.