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Call for input to the third biennial report by the Secretary General

Issued by

United Nations Secretary General


10 January 2020


In its resolution 68/268, the General Assembly requested the Secretary-General to submit to the Assembly, on a biennial basis, a comprehensive report on the status of the human rights treaty body system. The present report is the third report submitted pursuant to that request and to Assembly resolution 73/162.


The report, together with the supplementary information provided in the statistical annexes, which are available above, provides information on the progress achieved in implementing resolution 68/268 and identifies remaining challenges and emerging ideas and proposals.

The report includes information on the number of reports submitted and reviewed by the Committees of independent experts, the visits undertaken and the individual communications received and reviewed, where applicable, the state of the backlog, both in terms of communications and reporting, capacity-building efforts and the results achieved. It also addresses the situation of the treaty bodies in terms of treaty ratifications, increased reporting and the allocation of meeting time and proposals on measures, including on the basis of information and observations from Member States, to enhance the engagement of all States parties in the dialogue with the treaty bodies.