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First part of the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action

The Intergovernmental Working Group on the effective implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action resumed the first part of its sixth session from 29 January to 1st February 2008.

The Working Group adopted its programme of work by consensus on 29 January. The meeting of 30 January marked the beginning of the substantive work of the Working Group. During the rest of the session, the Working Group prepared its contribution to the Preparatory Committee of the Durban Review Conference and discussed its future work.

The Working Group adopted the document entitled "Compilations of conclusions and recommendations Rev. 5 ", which was submitted to the Preparatory Committee of the Durban Review Conference as part of the Working Group's contribution.

The first part of the sixth session ended with the adoption of the narrative part of the report on the future work of the Working Group.


Commission on Human Rights resolution 2002/68, created the IGWG to follow up on the implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action of the World Conference against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance, held in South Africa in 2001. The mandate of the IGWG is to: “(a) Make recommendations with a view to the effective implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action; (b) Prepare complementary international standards to strengthen and update international instruments against racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance in all their aspects.”

The IGWG has devoted an important part of its mandate to discussions on the following questions: (i) are there gaps in the legal framework for countering racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance; (ii) if so, how are they to be filled and by what.

At its fourth session (Geneva 16 - 20 January 2006), the IGWG “identified and/or considered” certain specific areas of substantive and procedural gaps and recommended that with regard to procedural gaps, CERD is to be requested to conduct a further study on possible measures to strengthen implementation through additional recommendations or the update of its monitoring procedures. Regarding the substantive gaps, OHCHR is to select five highly qualified experts to study the content and scope of the substantive gaps in the existing international instruments to combat racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.

Following the submission of the two studies on complementary international standards, by the experts (A/HRC/4/WG.3/6) and the CERD (A/HRC/4/WG.3/7) the Human Rights Council created an Ad-Hoc Committee on the Elaboration of Complementary International Standards (HRC Decision 3/103 of 8 December 2006).

Hence, the fifth session of the IGWG marked the conclusion and closure of the Working Group’s debates and deliberations on the question of complementary international standards.

During the first part of the sixth session of the HRC, on 25 September 2007, the Chair of the IGWG transmitted the report of the five experts to the AD-Hoc Committee. In a letter date 25 October 2007, the Chair of the IGWG informed the Chair of the Human Rights Council (Doru Romulus Costea) of his resignation as Chair of the IGWG.

Given that the Chair resigned immediately after the session of the IGWG, the regional coordinators met three times in light of the facts that; (i) Human Rights Council decision 3/103 of recommended that the 5th session of the IGWG marks the conclusion and closure of the latter’s debates and deliberations on the question of complementary international standards; (ii) the IGWG does not have a chair to stir its work; and (iii) that the IGWG is to contribute to the Durban Review Conference to be held in 2009.

The coordinators did not reach consensus as to the programme of work of the IGWG for its sixth session. It is expected that during the session, the IGWG will be electing a Chair and that the programme of work will be discussed.

The Intergovernmental Working Group elected as its Chair the Ambassador of Sri Lanka, his Excellency Dayan Jayatilleka. Following his election, the Chair decided to postpone the session of the Working Group to Monday 28 January, in order to develop with the regional coordinators a programme of work for the session. 

DOCUMENTATION:

  • Provisional agenda
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  • Provisional programme of work
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Previous reports :

  • Report of the 6th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
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  • Report of the 5th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
    E F S A C R
  • Report of the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
    E F S A C R
  • Report of the 3rd session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
    E F S A C R
  • Report of the 2nd session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
    E F S A C R
  • Report of the 1st session of the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Effective Implementation of the Durban Declaration and Programme of Action
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