Annual Meeting of Chairpersons of Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Meeting of Chairs of treaty bodies with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, at the 30th meeting of Chairs in 2018 which was held in New YorkThe annual Meeting of Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies provides a forum for members of the ten human rights treaty bodies (Human Rights Committee, Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Committee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against Women, Committee against Torture, Committee on the Rights of the Child, Committee on Migrant Workers, Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities, Committee on Enforced Disappearance and the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture) to discuss their work and consider ways to enhance the effectiveness of the treaty body system as a whole. Issues addressed at these meetings have included, among other things, the streamlining and overall improvement of human rights reporting procedures, harmonization of the Committees' methods of work, follow-up to World Conferences, and financial issues.

In response to reports from several of the treaty bodies, the General Assembly, in 1983, called on the chairpersons of human rights treaty bodies to meet in order to discuss how to enhance the work of the treaty bodies (A/RES/38/117). The first meeting of chairpersons took place in 1984. Since 1995, the chairpersons of human rights treaty bodies meet annually per GA resolution 49/178.

Informal consultations with States parties as well as UN partners and NGOs are a standard feature of the annual meeting of chairpersons.

Information from secretariat - COVID-19

32nd meeting of Chairpersons

Side events in parallel to the 74th session of the General Assembly

Report of the Chairs of the human rights treaty bodies to the General Assembly: A/75/346

Due to COVID-19, the 32nd meeting of Chairs scheduled from 1-5 June 2020 at UN HQ in New York did not take place as scheduled.

An informal meeting of Chairs of treaty bodies took place on-line without interpretation from 2-5 June 2020.

The 32nd meeting of Chairs took place on-line with interpretation in the three working languages (English, French, Spanish) from 27-30 July 2020 to deal with the most pressing agenda items. Namely, agenda item 3. General Assembly review of the treaty body system in 2020 and, agenda item 9. Any other business, the working methods and tools of treaty bodies in relation to COVID-19 and the substantive input of treaty bodies in relation to COVID-19.

It will not be possible to webcast the public meetings of the 32nd meeting due the unavailability of services. However, the audio of the public meetings can be accessed here

Outcomes of the meeting:

A. Written contribution to co-facilitators on the 2020 review and attachments

1. Cover letter of the Chairs [5 August 2020]

2. Written contribution to co-facilitators [4 August 2020]

B. Establishment of WG on COVID-19

3. Terms of reference (draft)

Press release: Work of human rights treaty bodies at risk, warn UN Committee Chairs

Documentation prepared for the 32nd Chairs meeting which was considered at the resumed 32nd Chairs meeting on 2 October 2020

Previous Meetings

Informal meetings and Joint public statements of the Chairs of the Treaty Bodies

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