The Ongoing Business of Strengthening the UN Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Joint NGO response to the report of the co-facilitators of the UN General
Assembly’s review of the UN human rights treaty body system

The GDP has joined more than 150 NGOs around the world to address the co-facilitators of the UN General Assembly’s review of the human rights treaty body system:

“We welcome the report containing the findings and recommendations of the consultation process on the UN human rights treaty body system published by the co-facilitators of the process on 14 September 2020 (the Report). We would like to extend our appreciation to the co-facilitators, the Permanent Representatives of Morocco and Switzerland to the UN, for their leadership in this process.

We appreciate that the co-facilitators adhered to the instructions of the President of the General Assembly to conduct the consultations in a “transparent and inclusive manner” and sought the views of civil society during the process, despite the many challenges that arose in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In their report addressed to the President of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly, the co-facilitators address several key issues that all stakeholders discussed during the three-month consultation process and make recommendations on how these should be addressed. In addition, the co-facilitators recommend that a “follow-up process” should be undertaken to allow for further discussions and consensus solutions to be reached that would allow Member States to reaffirm their support for General Assembly Resolution 68/268 on the treaty body system, and complement it where needed.

This joint NGO response highlights some of the key recommendations we consider fundamental for the strengthening of the human rights treaty body system (treaty body system), and includes our recommendations to States, the treaty bodies, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the President of the 75th session of the General Assembly on how to move forward on the implementation of these recommendations.”

Read the full statement.