Human Rights Council review
When creating the Human Rights Council in March 2006 (resolution 60/251), the United Nations General Assembly decided that the Council would review its work and functioning five years later. It also provided that the status of the Council would be reviewed at the level of the General Assembly.
Timeline and steps of the review process
- October 2009: the Council established the Intergovernmental Working Group on the Council Review (by resolution 12/1).
- 2009-2010: Member States and observers organized informal initiatives (see below) to discuss the scope of the review. The Council President held informal consultations to delineate the process and modalities of the review. The President presented an oral progress report at the 15th session, and informed the membership of the joint understanding reached with the President of the General Assembly in New York on the coordination of the review process.
- October 2010: first session of the Working Group on the Council Review
- February 2011: second session of the Working Group on the Council Review
Informal initiatives on the Council review
In anticipation and preparation for the Council review, a number of informal initiatives were launched by Member States and observers and brainstorming discussions have been held. Among these, are the following:
- Reports of the Algiers Retreat and of the meetings of the Reflection Group in Mexico and in Paris as well as the Montreux Seminar
- Russian Federation non-paper on the HRC Review modalities
- Switzerland's views on the process and modalities of the Human Rights Council Review
Other stakeholder contributions
- 10 Principles to guide a successful outcome of the Review of the UN Human Rights Council as it relates to the Special Procedures
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- NGO Proposal on the Structure for the 2011 Review of the Human Rights Council's Work and Functioning
For further information and related documents such as written contributions, stakeholder initiatives, programmes of work and modalities, please visit the HRC review section of the Extranet.