The UN Human Rights Treaty Body Reform Agenda 2020: Reforms and Scope for Local and National Engagement?
The seminar will address the role which domestic human rights actors play towards the Treaty Body Review 2020 benchmark. Representatives of Ministerial National Mechanisms for Reporting and Follow-up (NMRFs), Independent State Institutions (National Human Rights Institutions and Ombudspersons) and civil society organizations have been invited to Oslo to share their experiences and discuss how to build a more effective UN Human Rights Treaty Body System for all stakeholders.
Towards a stronger and more inclusive Treaty Body System
In 2014 the General Assembly adopted Res. 68/268 on Strengthening and enhancing the effective functioning of the human rights treaty body system and set up a review of its progress, which will culminate in 2020. In light of this six-year reform agenda, the seminar will address the role which domestic human rights actors play towards the Treaty Body Review 2020 benchmark. A representation of current Treaty Body Members and officials from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights will comment on the experiences shared by their domestic counterparts and outline possible steps ahead towards a stronger and more inclusive Treaty Body System.
The seminar will be divided into two segments
The first session will address ways in which NMRFs, NHRIs and Ombudspersons can improve interaction with the preparation, monitoring and follow-up of Treaty Body recommendations. Special attention will be given to viable options for strengthening and/or streamlining synergies between existing Treaty Body procedures, coordinating institutional structures within the State apparatus and amongst independent State institutions.
In its second session, the seminar will focus on ways in which civil society organizations can improve interaction with the preparation, monitoring and follow-up of Treaty Body recommendations. Special attention will be given to viable options for strengthening and/or streamlining synergies between existing Treaty Body procedures and civil society organizations. A full list of participants will be made available shortly.
This public event marks the ending of a two-day expert seminar with invited stakeholders - you can read more about it below.
Expert Seminar on Domestic Stakeholders and the Treaty Body Review 2020
The Academic Platform on Treaty Body Review 2020, a world-wide consultative process coordinated by the Geneva Academy of International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights, has recently published its final report (“Optimizing the UN Treaty Body System”, May 2018). Drawing on the recommendations from the Academic Platform, the Norwegian Centre for Human Rights is inviting experts from academia, civil society, state and non-state human rights institutions, TB Members, OHCHR representatives and persons with experience working towards the implementation of Treaty Body recommendations to participate in an expert seminar at the University of Oslo. Taking place over two days (17 – 18 October 2018), the seminar will serve the purpose of testing the Report’s reform proposals against the backdrop of the participants’ experience in working with the Treaty Body system from a domestic point of view, and expand the discussion of the Treaty Body reform process to include the role of civil society and other domestic actors engagement with Treaty Bodies, and the impact that their composition and functioning may have on the scope for civil and local/national engagement.
Please contact Domenico Zipoli if you have requests about participation in the expert seminar.