Treaty Body Strengthening
The ten human rights treaty bodies which monitor the implementation by States of their international human rights obligations are the cornerstone of the international human rights protection system. The exponential growth of the treaty body system over the last decade, however, has caused severe challenges in a number of areas.
Following a process of almost three years of consultations, the High Commissioner for Human Rights launched her report on the strengthening of the treaty body system in June 2012 (A/66/860). In her report, she described the problems faced by the treaty body system and put forward proposals for change.
Strengthening the treaty body system is a multi-stakeholder endeavour, as States Parties and Treaty Bodies each have specific competencies.
In 2012, an intergovernmental process was launched to strengthen and enhance the effective functioning of the treaty body system and the Ambassadors of Iceland and Indonesia appointed as Co-facilitators by the President of the General Assembly.
In September 2013, the General Assembly extended the intergovernmental process with a view to finalize the elaboration of an outcome by mid-February 2014. The General Assembly further requested the Secretary General to provide a comprehensive and detailed cost assessment to support the process.
HIGH COMMISSIONER'S CONSULTATIONS 2009-2012
HIGH COMMISSIONER'S REPORT
HC report on Treaty Bodies strengthening
Strengthening the United Nations human rights treaty body system
Measures to improve further the effectiveness, harmonization and reform of the treaty body system (A/66/344)