The Treaty Body Members Platform in 2017

Participants in a meeting of the Treaty Body Members Platform Participants in a meeting of the Treaty Body Members Platform

Launched in 2014, the Treaty Body Members Platform connects experts in United Nations (UN) treaty bodies (TBs) with each other as well as with Geneva-based practitioners, academics and diplomats to share expertise, exchange views on topical questions and develop synergies.

An average of ten meetings are organized every year allowing UN treaty body experts to reach out to other Geneva-based actors and discuss issues of common concern.

Exchanges on the Rights of Indigenous Women, Business and Human rights and the Relationship Between TBs and National Human Rights Institutions

In 2017, the Platform enabled experts from various TBs – the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women, the Committee on Enforced Disappearances, the Committee on the Rights of the Child, the Committee against Torture, the Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and the Committee on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of their Families – to discuss a range of issues among themselves as well as with external experts and practitioners. These issues included the rights of indigenous women, business and human rights, non-refoulement, individual complaint mechanisms and the relationship between treaty bodies and national human rights institutions.

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