Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights concludes forty-seventh session

Committee on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights 2 December 2011
PROVISIONAL ROUNDUP

Adopts Conclusions on Reports of Estonia, Israel, Turkmenistan, Cameroon and Argentina

The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights today concluded its three-week forty-seventh session, adopting its report and its concluding observations and recommendations on the reports of Estonia, Israel, Turkmenistan, Cameroon and Argentina, which it considered during the session.

The concluding observations and recommendations will be made public next week and will be available at the following link http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cescr/cescrs47.htm

In closing remarks, Ariranga Govindasamy Pillay, the Committee Chairperson, summed up the activities of the Committee during the session, noting that in addition to its consideration of five periodic reports, the Committee had held discussions on its working methods, as well as on the Draft Rules of Procedures for the Optional Protocol to the Covenant. It was noteworthy that the Committee decided to introduce two meetings instead of three for the dialogue with States parties when considering periodic reports. This would be on a provisional and trial basis, from the November 2012 session, for up to two years. The Committee would maintain the practice of three meetings for initial reports.

The Committee’s next session will be held from 30 April to 18 May 2012 in Geneva, when it will consider the reports of New Zealand, Peru, Slovakia, Spain and Ethiopia.

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