Regional consultations on national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up


Background

In September 2019, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 42/30 on "Promoting international cooperation to support national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up" requesting the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (hereafter OHCHR) "to organize five regional consultations to exchange experiences and good practices relating to the establishment and development of national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up, and their impact on effective implementation of human rights obligations and commitments, in consultation with all relevant stakeholders."

With the increasing requirements for implementing treaty obligations, States have established these national mechanisms to ensure comprehensive, more efficient and sustainable approaches to reporting, engagement and follow-up. OHCHR has developed a Practical Guide and an accompanying Study of State Engagement with International Human Rights Mechanisms to guide States in their efforts to establish or strengthen national mechanisms. States' experiences, contexts and results have varied. While some sub-regional meetings have been convened in the past years for States to share experiences, good practices and lessons learned, these five regional consultations will be the first to seek the participation of all Member States.

Agenda, dates, languages and registration

Originally planned to be held in Paraguay, Ethiopia, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon and Thailand, the consultations will take place remotely due to the prevailing circumstances. The regional consultations will be held over two days, consisting of two sessions of 2 hours per day, and will be structured around four sessions on the capacities of an effective national mechanism: engagement capacity, coordination capacity, consultation capacity and information management capacity.

  • Europe and Central Asia: 24 – 25 November 2021, English, French, Russian and Spanish.
    Registration for States and UN entities: please follow this link. Participation of NGOs, NHRIs and other stakeholders is by invitation.
  • Arabic-speaking countries: 29 – 30 November 2021, Arabic and English. For States and UN entities, to register please follow this link. Participation of NGOs, NHRIs and other stakeholders is by invitation.
  • Asia and the Pacific: 30 November – 1 December 2021, Chinese and English. For States and UN entities, to register please follow this link. Participation of NGOs, NHRIs and other stakeholders is by invitation.
  • Americas and the Caribbean: 1 – 2 December 2021, English, French and Spanish. For States and UN entities, to register please follow this link. Participation of NGOs, NHRIs and other stakeholders is by invitation.
  • Africa: 2 – 3 December 2021, English and French. For States and UN entities, to register please follow this link. Participation of NGOs, NHRIs and other stakeholders is by invitation.

Outcome

Pursuant to HRC resolution 42/30 and decision 45/113 on the postponement of the implementation of certain activities mandated by the Human Rights Council, a report with the conclusions and recommendations of the regional meetings will be submitted to the Council at its 50th session. The report will also identify forms of cooperation between the Human Rights Council and the national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up.

Survey

With a view to facilitating the organization of the consultations and to updating the 2016 Study, OHCHR prepared a survey to gather information from Member States on the establishment and strengthening of national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up. OHCHR expresses its appreciation to those Member States that have submitted responses. The online survey will remain open until the consultations to enable States to update information contained therein or to submit their answers if not already provided.

Links to the survey with courtesy translations:
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Documentation

Invitation to Member States to attend the NMIRF Regional consultations on the implementation of Human Rights Council resolution 42/30
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Human Rights Council resolution 42/30 on promoting international cooperation to support national mechanisms for implementation, reporting and follow-up
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National Mechanisms for Reporting and Follow-up – A Practical Guide to Effective State Engagement with International Human Rights Mechanisms
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National Mechanisms for Reporting and Follow-up: A Study of State Engagement with International Human Rights Mechanisms
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