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Report

Co-facilitation process on treaty body review 2020

Issued by

OHCHR

presented to

75th session of the General Assembly

Report

Issued by Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Subject

Treaty Bodies

Symbol Number

A/75/601

Background

On 9 April 2014, the General Assembly adopted resolution 68/268, entitled “Strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system”, by which it decided to consider the state of the human rights treaty body system no later than six years from the date of adoption of the resolution, to review the effectiveness of the measures taken in order to ensure their sustainability, and, if appropriate, to decide on further action to strengthen and enhance the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system.

The President of the General Assembly requested the co-facilitators to undertake informal consultations and to submit this report to him before the end of the 74th session of the Assembly, outlining recommendations for consideration.

The process was formally launched by the co-facilitators during a first meeting held on 2 June 2020 (virtual). The launch meeting was followed by a technical expert level briefing on the treaty body system, organized jointly with OHCHR, on 4 June 2020 (virtual).

Call for written contributions: On 17 June 2020, the co-facilitators launched a call for written contributions from all the relevant actors on their assessments of the treaty body system and their vision for the strengthening of the system. The submissions received are available below.

Consultations:

  • Informal consultations with Member States in New York on 27 July 2020 (virtual)
  • with Member States in Geneva on 28 August 2020 (hybrid)
  • plus an additional expert level meeting with Member States in Geneva on 2 September 2020 (virtual)
  • A meeting with the Chairs of the treaty bodies on 28 July 2020 (virtual)
  • A meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and her team in Geneva on 28 August 2020,
  • A meeting in Geneva on 28 August 2020 with all other relevant stakeholders, including civil society and national human rights institutions.

 Reporting: The co-facilitators organized a wrap-up meeting on 11 September 2020 (virtual), during which they presented their assessment of the process, as well as their main findings and recommendations.

 Summary

  • A.Use of information and communication technologies
    • Individual communications
    • Nomination and selection of treaty body members
  • B. Alignment of working methods and rules of procedure
    • Simplified reporting procedure
    • Aligned methodology for constructive dialogue
    • Aligned methodology for concluding observations and follow-up recommendations
    • Aligned modalities for stakeholder interaction
  • C.  Fixed calendar and periodicity of the human rights treaty bodies sessions
  • D.Accessibility by different stakeholders
    • Civil society, national human rights institutions and academic platforms
    • Persons with disabilities
    • Reviews in the regions
  • E. Capacity-building and technical assistance
  • F.  Budgetary issues
  • G. Recommendations for the way forward
  1. Informal consultations with Member States in New York on 27 July 2020 (virtual)
  2. with Member States in Geneva on 28 August 2020 (hybrid)
  3.  plus an additional expert level meeting with Member States in Geneva on 2 September 2020 (virtual)
  4. A meeting with the Chairs of the treaty bodies on 28 July 2020 (virtual)
  5. A meeting with the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and her team in Geneva on 28 August 2020,
  6. A meeting in Geneva on 28 August 2020 with all other relevant stakeholders, including civil society and national human rights institutions.
Inputs Received
Inputs Received

Letters from the PGA

  • Letter from PGA - 8 April 2020 – appointment of co-facilitators (PDF)
  • Letter from PGA – 22 May 2020 – convening launch of co-facilitator process at PR level on 2 June 2020 (Word)
  • Letter from PGA – 1 June 2020 and from co-facilitators 29 May 2020 – convening technical informative briefing at expert level on 4 June 2020 (PDF)
  • Letter form PGA 11 June 2020 (Word) and letter from co-facilitators 12 June 2020 (Word)
  • Letter from PGA 18 June and letter from co-facilitators 17 June seeking written contributions by 7 July 2020 (PDF) (Word)
  • Letter from PGA - 9 July 2020 – announcing replacement of co-facilitator (PDFWord)
  • Letter from PGA and co-facilitators, 20 July 2020: Dates of consultations with States and stakeholders in New York and Geneva (PDF)
  • Letter from PGA and co-facilitators 23 July 2020: Issues of discussion for consultations (PDF)
  • Letter from PGA and co-facilitators 20 August 2020: Informal consultations by the co-facilitators of the process of the consideration of the state of the UN human rights treaty body system on 28 August 2020 (PDF, Word)
  • Letter from PGA and co-facilitators – 4 September 2020 - Invitation to virtual wrap-up meeting of the review process – 11 September 2020 – (PDF, Word)

Launch of co-facilitation process, 2 June 2020

Virtual informal consultations to launch the review of the United Nations human rights treaty body system - Video I and Video II

Oral Statements/Presentations

Technical informative briefing, 4 June 2020

Oral Statements/Presentations

 

Contributions

Call for written contributions/questionnaire on the UN human rights treaty body system
[letter addressed to States] [letter addressed to stakeholders]

  • Deadline 7 July 2020
  • Submissions should be sent in English as a MS Word Document to [email protected]
  • All submissions will be published on this webpage

States

National Human Rights Institutions

Other Stakeholders

  UN Experts

Written contribution to the co-facilitators by the Chairs of the human rights treaty bodies (agreed at the 32nd Chairs meeting held on-line from 27-30 July 2020 due to COVID-19)

On-line Informal consultations with Member States, New York (27 July 2020)

Informal consultations of Chairs of the treaty bodies (28 July 2020)

  • Informal Summary

Hybrid: In person and on-line meetings, Geneva (28 August 2020)

Informal consultations with the High Commissioner and staff of the Office, Geneva (28 August 2020)

  • Informal Summary

Continuation of hybrid: In person and on-line meetings (2 September 2020)

Wrap-up session