At its 15th session, on 1 October 2010, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 15/26 [E F S A C R] by which it decided “to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to consider the possibility of elaborating an international regulatory framework, including, inter alia, the option of elaborating a legally binding instrument on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies, including their accountability, taking into consideration the principles, main elements and draft text as proposed by the Working Group on the use of mercenaries as a means of violating human rights and impeding the exercise of the right of peoples to self-determination.”
At the conclusion of two sessions, in May 2011 and August 2012 respectively, the open-ended intergovernmental working group submitted a report with recommendations to the Human Rights Council at its 22nd session.
On 22 March 2013, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 22/33 [E F S A C R] by which it decided to "extend the mandate of the open-ended intergovernmental working group for a further period of two years in order for it to undertake and fulfil the mandate as outlined in paragraph 77 of its report".
The third session of the intergovernmental working group was held from 21 to 25 July 2014 (please see the summary report).
On 26 March 2015, the Human Rights Council decided, in its resolution 28/7 [E F S A C R], to extend the mandate of the open-ended intergovernmental working group for a further period of two and a half years in order for it to undertake and fulfil its mandate, as contained in resolution 22/33.
Following its fourth session, which was held from 27 April to 1 May 2015, the open-ended intergovernmental working group presented its recommendations to the Council at its thirtieth session (please see the report A/HRC/30/47).
The fifth session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group has been scheduled to be held from 23 to 27 May 2016 in Geneva, Palais des Nations.