Countdown to Human Rights Day
Get inspired by 15-year-old Louiza, who fought for the right to attend school
Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Civil society actors, including NGOs and National Human Rights Institutions, have a key role to play in assisting the Committee to fulfil its mandate effectively. When participating in CESCR sessions or submitting information to them, the following guidelines may be helpful.
The session and the meeting of the pre-sessional working group of the Committee take place in Geneva, either in Palais des Nations or Palais Wilson. Please check the page of the relevant session or pre-session for information about the venue.
The reports of the State parties to be considered as well as other relevant documentation such as the lists of issues adopted by the pre-sessional working group, the State parties’ replies thereto, the submissions received by the Committee and the concluding observations are posted on the webpage for each session. The provisional agenda as well as the tentative programme of work are also found on each session’s page.
The dialogue between the Committee and State parties is held in public. All public meetings of the Committee are generally webcast live on UN Web TV.
The Committee welcomes written information, which should be as specific, reliable and objective as possible, from international, regional, national and local organizations as well as national human rights institutions. Parallel submissions prepared by coalitions, rather than individual organizations, and covering a broad range of economic, social and cultural rights are also encouraged. Reports for the pre-session should focus on information relevant in particular to the adoption of the LOIs or the LOIPRs.
All submissions to CESCR should:
Organizations that have submitted reports to the Committee may deliver a statement at a public meeting dedicated to partners (check the programme of work posted on the page of the relevant session for details of schedule) and/or organize an informal lunchtime briefing. The accommodation of requests for lunchtime briefings will depend on the availability of the Committee members. Organizations that have submitted information on a given country are encouraged to coordinate among themselves, especially for the organization of lunchtime briefings. For that purpose, mention of contact information in submissions is useful.
Likewise, organizations which have submitted information for the meeting of the pre-sessional working group may brief working group members.
Please inform the CESCR Secretariat of attendance at the public briefing and/or about proposed lunchtime briefings at the time of submission of reports.
Representatives of organizations that are unable to travel can engage with the Committee remotely. Please contact the CESCR Secretariat for the technical requirements and to make the necessary arrangements. Possible remote participation should be indicated to the Secretariat at the time of submission of reports, as trial runs may need to be scheduled.
Representatives of organizations who wish to attend CESCR sessions or the meetings of the pre-sessional working group should register at least ten days before the beginning of the session or the pre-session. Read more about accreditation here.