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The exceptional situation during the COVID-19 pandemic forced United Nations treaty bodies (TBs) to find temporary solutions to continue their work in absence of face-to-face meetings and travel. The inter-committee working group on COVID-19 and initiatives by individual committees have produced food for thought on ways for TBs to work online. Discussions and COVID-induced practice have also shown challenges and shortcomings. Different time zones, the digital gap and the lack of regulations regarding Daily Subsistence Allowance (DSA) for online sessions, just to name a few of those.
This GHRP Friday will allow TB members to report back on their experiences and to discuss lessons for a post-COVID setting. They will notably address the following questions:
The GHRP Fridays provide an opportunity for all stakeholders to discuss the results of the United Nations (UN) Treaty Body (TB) 2020 Review and practical ways to implement change. They are open to all interested delegations, TB members, staff from the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and civil society.
This event series of the Geneva Human Rights Platform – co-organized with the Permanent Missions of Belgium, Canada, Costa Rica, Morocco, Switzerland and Uruguay to the UN in Geneva – aims at discussing the outcomes of the 2020 UN Treaty Body Review.