Internal Advisory Procedure to Review Practices and Working Methods

During the 14th Annual Meeting of Special Procedures mandate-holders authorized the Coordination Committee to draft and present to its fifteenth Meeting an appropriate procedure by which the Code of Conduct and other relevant documents, including the Manual of the United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures may best be implemented to enhance the effectiveness and independence both of the Special Procedures system as a whole and also of individual mandate-holders. In the meantime the Coordination Committee was authorized to give appropriate consideration to any matter concerning the working methods of mandate-holder which may be brought to its attention. The CC has followed up on discussions on special procedures methods of work and accountability procedures, and established an interim advisory procedure to review practices and working methods.

At the 15th annual meeting in June 2008, mandate-holders discussed the interim procedure in the light of developments over the past year, and adopted the final advisory procedure to review practices and working methods.