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About the mandate of the Special Rapporteur in the field of Cultural rights

© Photo: Gaëlle BidaultOn 26 March 2009, the Human Rights Council decided to establish a special procedure entitled "independent expert in the field of cultural rights" under resolution 10/23.

The Human Rights Council decided to confer the mandate the title of Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, and to extend the mandate for three years through resolution 19/6 on 22 March 2012.

This mandate was extended in 2015 for three more years by Human Rights resolution 28/9 on 10 April. It was further extended through resolution 37/12 on 22 March 2018.

The Special Rapporteur reports annually both to the Human Rights Council, and to the General Assembly.

Under this mandate, the mandate holder is asked to:

  • Identify best practices of promoting and protecting cultural rights at local, national, regional and international levels;
  • Identify obstacles to the promotion and protection of cultural rights, and submit recommendations to the Council on ways to overcome them;
  • Work with States to foster the adoption of measures—at local, national, regional and international levels—to promote and safeguard cultural rights, and make concrete proposals to enhance cooperation at all levels in that regard;
  • Collaborate closely with States and other relevant actors like the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, to study the relationship between cultural rights and cultural diversity, with the aim of further promoting cultural rights;
  • Integrate a gender and a disability perspective into this work;
  • Coordinate with intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, other special procedures, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, and relevant actors, representing the broadest possible range of interests and experiences, including by attending relevant conferences and events.

Learn more about what the Special Rapporteur does in the Leaflet dedicated to the mandate, available in 4 languages
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Resolutions of the Human Rights Council


Session

Symbol

Title

40th (March 2019) A/HRC/RES/40/6Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity
37th (March 2018) A/HRC/RES/37/12Mandate of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights
34th (March 2017) A/HRC/RES/34/2Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity
31st (March 2016) A/HRC/RES/31/12Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity
28th (March 2015)

A/HRC/RES/28/9

Mandate of the Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights

25th (March 2014)

A/HRC/RES/25/19 

Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity

23rd (June 2013)

A/HRC/RES/23/10

Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity

20th (June 2012)

A/HRC/RES/20/11

Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity

17th (June 2011)

A/HRC/RES/17/15

Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity

14th (June 2010)

A/HRC/RES/14/9

Promotion of the enjoyment of the cultural rights of everyone and respect for cultural diversity

10th (June 2009)

A/HRC/RES/10/23

Independent expert in the field of cultural rights


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