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UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights to review Argentina, Cabo Verde, Germany, Mali, South Africa, and Turkmenistan

GENEVA (19 September 2018) — The UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights will meet in Geneva from 24 September to 12 October 2018 to review the following countries: Argentina, Cabo Verde, Germany, Mali, South Africa, and Turkmenistan.

The above are among the 169 States that have ratified the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and so are required to be reviewed regularly by the Committee of 18 international independent experts. The Committee will also hear from NGOs and national human rights institutions.

The public meetings will be webcast at http://webtv.un.org/ and will take place in room XVI at the Palais des Nations in Geneva on the following schedule:

Tuesday, September 25

10:00-13:00 Germany
15:00-18:00 Germany

Wednesday, September 26

10:00-13:00 Mali
15:00-18:00 Mali

Thursday, September 27

10:00-13:00 Mali
15:00-18:00 Argentina

Friday, September 28

10:00-13:00 Argentina

Monday, October 1

15:00-18:00 Turkmenistan

Tuesday, October 2

10:00-13:00 Turkmenistan
15:00-18:00 South Africa

Wednesday, October 3

10:00-13:00 South Africa
15:00-18:00 South Africa

Thursday, October 4

10:00-13:00 Cabo Verde
15:00-18:00 Cabo Verde

Friday, October 5

10:00-13:00 Cabo Verde


On Tuesday 9 October, the Committee will hold an all-day public discussion on the right to enjoy the benefits of scientific progress and other provisions of the Covenant on the relationship between science and economic, social and cultural rights. The meeting will take place from 10:00 to 18:00 in room XVI at the Palais des Nations.

The recommended hashtag for the session will be #CESCR64 and more information, including reports submitted by the States under review, can be found here.

The Committee’s findings, officially termed concluding observations on the countries reviewed, will be published on 15 October here.

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Background

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights monitors States parties’ adherence to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights. The Committee is made up of 18 members who are independent human rights experts drawn from around the world, who serve in their personal capacity and not as representatives of States parties. The Committee’s concluding observations are an independent assessment of States’ compliance with their human rights obligations under the treaty.

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