Third session of the Open-ended intergovernmental working group to elaborate the content of an international regulatory framework, without prejudging the nature thereof, relating to the activities of private military and security companies

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On 28 September 2017, the Human Rights Council in its resolution 36/11 decided to establish a new open-ended intergovernmental working group, for a period of three years, with a mandate to elaborate the content of an international regulatory framework, without prejudging the nature thereof, to protect human rights and ensure accountability for violations and abuses relating to the activities of private military and security companies, to be informed by the discussion document on elements for an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies, as prepared by the Chair-Rapporteur, and further inputs from Member States and other stakeholders.

The Human Rights Council also acknowledged the importance of providing the working group with the expertise and expert advice necessary to fulfil its mandate, and decided that the working group shall invite experts and all relevant stakeholders to participate in its work. The Council invited the contributions of Governments, relevant special procedure mandate holders and mechanisms of the Human Rights Council, the treaty bodies, regional groups, intergovernmental organizations, civil society, the industry and other stakeholders with relevant expertise, including the Co-Chairs of the Montreux Document Forum and the International Code of Conduct Association. 

The first session of the intergovernmental working group took place place in 2019 at Palais des Nations, room XX, and was presented at the 42nd session of the Human Rights Council. The report is available at https://undocs.org/A/HRC/42/36.

On 6 October 2020, the Human Rights Council in its resolution 45/16 decided to renew the mandate of the open-ended intergovernmental working group for a period of three years, with the same mandate as in resolution 36/11

The second session of the intergovernmental working group took place from 26 to 30 April 2021. The report is available at A/HRC/48/65 (undocs.org) 

Ahead of the third session, the Chair-Rapporteur released a zero draft of an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight over the activities of private military and security companies, which will be discussed during two informal intersessional consultations:

  • First informal intersessional consultation: Monday, 4 April 2022, 10:00-13:00 and 15:00-18:00, Palais des Nations, room XXI and online
  • Second informal intersessional consultation: Tuesday, 5 April 2022, 10:00-12:00, Palais des Nations, room Tempus 3 and online

Please register on Indico to participate: https://indico.un.org/event/37562/

The third session of the intergovernmental working group mandated to elaborate the content of an international regulatory framework on the regulation, monitoring and oversight of the activities of private military and security companies will be held from 3 to 6 May 2022. The session will take place in a hybrid format, with the possibility of both in-person participation in Room XIX (in the limit of the maximum occupancy in force at the time of the meeting) and remote participation via the Zoom platform enabling simultaneous interpretation in all six UN languages. More information about the session, including its format and the draft Programme of work, will be made available soon.

Please register on Indico to participate in the session : https://indico.un.org/event/33674/

For further enquiries, please send a message to ohchr-igwg-pmsc@un.org


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