COMPILATION OF VIEWS RECEIVED BY THE EXPANDED BUREAU IN RESPONSE TO COMMISSION [ON HUMAN RIGHTS] DECISION 2003/116 : NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
A more concise format for resolutions focusing largely
on future action is a possibility to be investigated.
Method of introduction of resolutions
13. (...) The high-level segment should retain the present rules and practices governing
participation by dignitaries, such as those on speaking time and the use of the podium, free
choice of subject, right of reply and the scheduling of listed speakers based on the dignitaries’
interests and availability (in accordance with E/CN.4/2002/16, paragraph 20).
73. (...) The Bureau will be responsible for organizing the calendar of intersessional meetings of
the working groups, in accordance with the following guidelines:
− Meetings of the working groups should be spread over the entire intersessional period,
in order to avoid a flurry of activity just before Commission sessions;
− Meetings of the working groups can be scheduled while the Third Committee of the
General Assembly is in session (October-November);
− No meetings of the working groups should be scheduled during the four weeks
preceding the annual session of the Commission;
− There should be at least one week between meetings of one working group and the
− All the regional groups should be consulted in advance, through the regional
coordinators, about the scheduling of working groups; the Bureau should finalize the
calendar in June each year;
− The documentation for each working group should be made available to delegations,
as the resolutions provide, sufficiently in advance and not less than one week before
they begin, in at least the three working languages;
− Meetings of the Commission and Sub-Commission working groups should not be
scheduled in parallel with each other or with briefings, seminars and workshops
organized by the secretariat.
LETTER DATED 2006/09/18 FROM THE PERMANENT MISSION OF LIECHTENSTEIN TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS
It was underlined that the treaty bodies
themselves could also take action to reform and streamline their work.
Opening statement by the High Commissioner for Human Rights
6. (...) The view was expressed that preference should be
given to short-term practical measures which did not require any legal action. After
the adoption and implementation of such measures, and the completion of a testing
phase of the changes in place, other reform proposals could still be discussed if
further, and possibly more far-reaching, measures were needed. (...) The point was
also made that OHCHR could play a more active role in addressing a number of the
challenges confronting the treaty body system, especially in streamlining reporting
procedures and scheduling examination of reports.
Harmonization of Working Methods
VISIT TO THE CONGO : REPORT OF THE SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE RIGHTS OF INDIGENOUS PEOPLES
organizations have individually translated and disseminated the Law into languages
understood by indigenous peoples.
B. National action plans
1. National action plans to improve the well-being of indigenous peoples
14. (...) Furthermore, government action for indigenous peoples was not part of a cross-
sectoral strategy and indigenous peoples themselves were not sufficiently involved in the
design and implementation of the action plans. (...) The Special Rapporteur welcomes the existence of such action plans and strongly
encourages the Government to seek greater participation by indigenous peoples in their
preparation and implementation, to ensure that the action taken responds, in a culturally
appropriate manner, to the actual needs of the populations.
REPORT OF THE INDEPENDENT EXPERT ON THE ENJOYMENT OF ALL HUMAN RIGHTS BY OLDER PERSONS ON HER MISSION TO NAMIBIA :NOTE / BY THE SECRETARIAT
The National Human Rights Action Plan for the period 2015-2019, which was
launched by the President of Namibia on 9 December 2014, seeks to improve, respect and
fulfil human rights in Namibia, in line with paragraph 71 of Part II of the Vienna
Declaration and Programme of Action of 1993 regarding the desirability of drawing up a
national action plan. (...) In 2016, Namibia launched the Action Plan towards Prosperity for All, the so-called
Harambee Prosperity Plan 2016/17-2019/20. This development action plan contains, inter
alia, a chapter on social progression.
Conference of the
It proposes that
incorporating the traditional knowledge element of non-academic knowledge into
knowledge synthesized, evaluated and reported in the integration scenario should be
20 As footnote 8 above.
21 As footnote 8 above.
22 As footnote 3 above.
23 As footnote 8 above.
considered separately from documenting traditional knowledge and using it to enhance
action on DLDD. Accordingly, the AGSA also proposes that:
(a) The Parties should continue to be responsible for actively searching for, and
documenting, traditional knowledge in their countries, as agreed in article 18 of the
Convention. (...) Outputs could include: (a) regular Land Degradation
Assessment Reports, with executive summaries for policymakers produced autonomously
by the IGS, at a frequency to be decided; (b) Special Reports; (c) methodological reports,
practical manuals and technical papers; (d) customized versions of Assessment Reports and
Special Reports for individual regions, with special Application Reports targeted at
planners, environmental managers etc.; and (e) other reports to support preparedness by the
Parties on short- to medium-term emerging issues. The scheduling of reports required by
the UNCCD as deliverables would be decided through discussions at SPI meetings.
(...) Other regions may wish to strengthen the institutional structure for coordinating thematic
programme networks, regional action programmes and subregional action programmes.
RIGHTS OF THE CHILD : REPORT : ADDENDUM /SUBMITTED BY JUAN MIGUEL PETIT, SPECIAL RAPPORTEUR ON THE SALE OF CHILDREN, CHILD PROSTITUTION AND CHILD PORNOGRAPHY, IN ACCORDANCE WITH COMMISSION ON HUMAN RIGHTS RESOLUTION 2002/92
Similarly, some lapses of coordination between relevant
Government departments affected the scheduling of important meetings. Of particular regret
was that the media briefing, scheduled to take place on the last day of the mission, did not in fact
take place. (...) The Government has declared that youth is its priority and has developed a
National Plan of Action for Childhood to provide coordination among public entities and civil
society. (...) Greater resources and responsibilities need to
be transferred to NGOs and a strategy of shared action should be established.
2. Responses of Government and civil society
Child Protection Units
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF THE WHOLE
The conference encourages States Parties to promote ethical and responsible behaviour of
scientists, an action that complements national compliance objectives and contributes to overall
international security. (...) The Conference invites States Parties that are in a situation to assist other States in
developing such national action plans to offer and provide assistance, if invited to do so. (...) They had agreed on the importance of codes of
(i) compatible with national legislation and regulatory controls and contributing to
national implementation measures;
(ii) simple, clear and easily understandable both to scientists and to wider civil
(iii) relevant, helpful and effective for guiding relevant actors in making decisions and
taking action in accordance with the purposes and objectives of the Convention;
(iv) sufficiently broad in scope;
(v) regularly reviewed, evaluated for effectiveness, and revised as necessary.
REPORT OF THE INTERSESSIONAL OPEN-ENDED INTERGOVERNMENTAL WORKING GROUP TO FOLLOW UP THE WORK OF THE PREPARATORY COMMITTEE
Alternatively, its drafting may be undertaken after the first reading of the five
sections of the action-oriented part of the draft outcome document by the Preparatory
Committee is completed;
(h) The Bureau of the Preparatory Committee may consider respective preparations
for the negotiating process, including the drafting of relevant decisions.
11. (...) The Durban Programme of Action (DPA) urges States to eradicate poverty and end
enslavement and contemporary forms of slavery-like practices (...) [Lack of progress in establishing national institutions mandated to fight racism and in
drafting and implementing national action plans against racism]
Policies and practices
DECISION CONCERNING FOLLOW-UP PROGRAMME FOR ENVIRONMENTAL CLAIMS AWARDS TAKEN BY THE GOVERNING COUNCIL OF THE UNITED NATIONS COMPENSATION COMMISSION AT ITS 150TH MEETING, ON 8 DECEMBER 2005
The secretariat will keep the Governing Council informed
of such progress reports for any appropriate action that may be required. The Governing Council
shall consider what further measures may be necessary to ensure that the funds will only be used
for reasonable remediation projects and monitoring and assessment activity, and shall specify
any mechanism that may be necessary or take any appropriate action that may be required” (text
in italics appears only in decision 248).
4. (...) When a claimant Government modifies a project, the Independent Reviewers
should be notified and provided with a summary of the modification, as well as the reasons for the
proposed modification and any anticipated environmental, financial/economic and scheduling
implications. A claimant Government will notify and consult with the Independent Reviewers
regarding any financial or technical problems, as soon as the Government becomes aware of the
LETTER DATED 2009/07/09 FROM THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF IRELAND AND THE PERMANENT REPRESENTATIVE OF THE NETHERLANDS TO THE UNITED NATIONS OFFICE AT GENEVA ADDRESSED TO THE PRESIDENT OF THE HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL
OHCHR (Tistounet) asked about the possibility for TMBs to capitalise on the presence in
Geneva for UPR of smaller countries that do not have Permanent Missions there by scheduling
its TMB review to coincide? Professor O Flaherty suggested that it might be better for there
to be appropriate space between the two processes so that States’ implementation of
recommendations can be properly assessed and for follow-up across the procedures.
(...) One panellist spoke of UPR as being the best thing that had happened to the treaty body
system for years, and, with others, made suggestions as to the effect it might have on the treaty
body system. Scheduling should take into account the UPR schedule; treaty body
recommendations should become more precise, concrete and implementable, and perhaps be
prioritized so as to be picked up appropriately in the process.