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Annual Meeting of Chairpersons of Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Treaty Bodies

The annual Meeting of Chairpersons of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies provides a forum for members of the ten human rights treaty bodies (Human Rights CommitteeCommittee on Economic, Social and Cultural RightsCommittee on the Elimination of Racial DiscriminationCommittee on the Elimination of all Forms of Discrimination against WomenCommittee against TortureCommittee on the Rights of the ChildCommittee on Migrant WorkersCommittee on the Rights of Persons with DisabilitiesCommittee on Enforced Disappearance and the Subcommittee on Prevention of Torture) to discuss their work and consider ways to enhance the effectiveness of the treaty body system as a whole. Issues addressed at these meetings have included, among other things, the streamlining and overall improvement of human rights reporting procedures, harmonization of the Committees' methods of work, follow-up to World Conferences, and financial issues.

In response to reports from several of the treaty bodies, the General Assembly, in 1983, called on the chairpersons of human rights treaty bodies to meet in order to discuss how to enhance the work of the treaty bodies (A/RES/38/117). The first meeting of chairpersons took place in 1984. Since 1995, the chairpersons of human rights treaty bodies meet annually per GA resolution 49/178.

Informal consultations with States parties as well as UN partners and NGOs are a standard feature of the annual meeting of chairpersons.

Information from secretariat

The Microsoft Teamup online calendar is used by the treaty bodies and managed by OHCHR. In the calendar, treaty bodies appear in blue. On the left hand side, you may click on hide or see calendars.

Using the calendar, you can sign up for email notifications, set reminders, and keep track of the deadlines for submissions.

Access the calendar at: (please use Google Chrome or Firefox browsers).

We hope you will find this calendar helpful. If you are having difficulties using the calendar, or would like to provide feedback, please email [email protected].

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Informal meetings and Joint public statements of the Chairs of the Treaty Bodies