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The Annual Meeting of special procedures, which has been organized since 1994 and is usually held in June, offers mandate holders the opportunity to discuss issues of common interest, coordinate their work and meet with a range of stakeholders, including States and civil society organizations. Information on each Annual Meeting and instructions on how to submit information or points for consideration by mandate holders can be found under the relevant meeting listed below.

The Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action adopted by the World Conference on Human Rights underlined the importance of preserving and strengthening the system of special procedures and specified that the procedures and mechanisms should be enabled to harmonize and rationalize their work through periodic meetings (Part II, para. 95). The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was requested to organize periodic meetings of the Special Procedures by the Commission and Council (by CHR resolution 2004/76, as extended by HRC decision 2/102).

Annual Meetings: