11th Inter-Committee Meeting of the Human Rights Treaty Bodies to begin
Monday, 28 June 2010 10:10


The 11th Inter-Committee Meeting (ICM) of UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies will take place from 28 to 30 June 2010 in Geneva at Palais Wilson.

The ICM brings together the treaty body chairpersons and two members from each committee. It is designed to increase the level of interaction between the committees and allow for a discussion of recommendations relating to their working methods. This year's meeting will focus on a new method of reporting to the treaty bodies, which is currently being pioneered in the Committee against Torture.

The new method of reporting (referred to as 'lists of issues prior to reporting') is designed to help State parties submit more streamlined and focused reports. The procedure includes the preparation and adoption of a list of issues by the treaty body to be sent to the State party to assist it in preparing its periodic report. The responses to the list of issues would constitute the State's periodic report under the Convention. The hope is that by streamlining and focusing the reporting process the new procedure will assist States in meeting their reporting obligations, particularly those with limited financial and human resources,and will improve the efficiency of the treaty bodies. For more information on this new method see Treaty bodies' lists of issues prior to reporting.


The ICM will also continue its discussion of harmonisation of working methods, including possibilities for coordination across the treaty bodies. The basis for these discussions will be the report on the working methods of the human rights treaty bodies.

The ICM will include informal consultations with State parties, to be held in Room XX of the Palais des Nations on 29 June, a joint meeting with the special procedures,which will be closed, and a meeting with the Chair of the International Coordinating Committee of National Human Rights Institutions, on 30 June.

Following the ICM the 22nd Chairpersons meeting will be convened in Brussels on 1 and 2 July.


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