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OFFICE OF THE HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS






Review of the composition, organization and administrative

arrangements of the Sessional Working Group of Governmental

Experts on the Implementation of the International Covenant

on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Economic and Social Counci resolution 1985/17

The Economic and Social Council,

Recalling its resolution 1988 (LX) of 11 May 1976, by which it noted the

important responsibilities placed upon the Economic and Social Council by the

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, in

particular those resulting from articles 21 and 22 of the Covenant, and

expressed its readiness to fulfil those responsibilites,
Recalling its decision 1978/10 of 3 May 1978, by which it decided to

establish a Sessional Working Group on the Implementation of the International

Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, for the purpose of assisting

the Council in the consideration of reports submitted by States parties to the

Covenant in accordance with Council resolution 1988 (LX), and determined the

composition of the Working Group,


Recalling also its resolution 1979/43 of 11 May 1979, by which it

approved the methods of work of the Working Group, and its decision 1981/158

of 8 May 1981, by which it incorporated certain changes in, and modified the

methods of work of, the Working Group,


Recalling further its resolution 1982/33 of 6 May 1982, by which it

modified the composition, organization and administrative arrangements of the

Sessional Working Group of Governmental Experts and decided to review the

composition, organization and administrative arrangements of the Group at its

first regular session of 1985,
Having considered the report of the Secretary-General on the composition,

organization and administrative arrangements of the Sessional Working Group of

Governmental Experts on the Implementation of the International Covenant on

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights and other bodies established in

accordance with existing international instruments in the field of human

rights,
Having considered the report of the Sessional Working Group of

Governmental Experts on the Implementation of the International Covenant on

Economic, Social and Cultural Rights,


Decides that:
(a) The Working Group established by Economic and Social Council

decision 1978/10 and modified by Council decision 1981/158 and resolution

1982/33 shall be renamed "Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights"

(hereinafter referred to as "the Committee");


(b) The Committee shall have eighteen members who shall be experts with

recognized competence in the field of human rights, serving in their personal

capacity, due consideration being given to equitable geographical distribution

and to the representation of different forms of social and legal systems; to

this end, fifteen seats will be equally distributed among the regional groups,

while the additional three seats will be allocated in accordance with the

increase in the total number of States parties per regional group;
(c) The members of the Committee shall be elected by the Council by

secret ballot from a list of persons nominated by States parties to the

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights under the

following conditions:


(i) The members of the Committee shall be elected for a term of four

years and shall be eligible for re-election at the end of their

term, if renominated;
(ii) One half of the membership of the Committee shall be renewed every

second year, bearing in mind the need to maintain the equitable

geographical distribution mentioned in subparagraph (b) above;
(iii) The first elections shall take place during the first regular

session of 1986 of the Council; immediately after the first

elections, the President of the Council shall choose by lot the

names of nine members whose term shall expire at the end of two

years;
(iv) The terms of office of members elected to the Committee shall begin

on 1 January following their election and expire on 31 December

following the election of members that are to succeed them as

members of the Committee;


(v) Subsequent elections shall take place every second year during the

first regular session of the Council;


(vi) At least four months before the date of each election to the

Committee the Secretary-General shall address a written invitation

to the States parties to the Covenant to submit their nominations

for membership of the Committee within three months; the

Secretary-General shall prepare a list of the persons thus

nominated, with an indication of the States parties which have

nominated them, and shall submit it to the Council no later than one

month before the date of each election;


(d) The Committee shall meet annually for a period of up to three weeks,

taking into account the number of reports to be examined by the Committee,

with the venue alternating between Geneva and New York;
(e) The members of the Committee shall receive travel and subsistence

expenses from United Nations resources;


(f) The Committee shall submit to the Council a report on its

activities, including a summary of its consideration of the reports submitted

by States parties to the Covenant, and shall make suggestions and

recommendations of a general nature on the basis of its consideration of those

reports and of the reports submitted by the specialized agencies, in order to

assist the Council to fulfil, in particular, its responsibilities under

articles 21 and 22 of the Covenant;
(g) The Secretary-General shall provide the Committee with summary

records of its proceedings, which shall be made available to the Council at

the same time as the report of the Committee; the Secretary-General shall

further provide the Committee with the necessary staff and facilities for the

effective performance of its functions, bearing in mind the need to give

adequate publicity to its work;


(h) The procedures and methods of work established by Council resolution

1979/43 and the other resolutions and decisions referred to in the preamble to

the present resolution shall remain in force in so far as they are not

superseded or modified by the present resolution;


(i) The Council shall review the composition, organization and

administrative arrangements of the Committee at its first regular session of

1990, and subsequently every five years, taking into account the principle of

equitable geographical distribution of its membership.

22nd plenary meeting

28 May 1985



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