Documentation tools for State Parties and Permanent Missions

Purpose of the tools

A set of tools has been created by the UN Human Rights Office to help State Parties and Permanent Missions in the preparation of documentation (reports) to be submitted to the Human Rights Treaty Bodies. The aim of the documentation tools is to help minimize delays in the processing of submitted reports due to formatting and editing issues.

General information on reporting to the UN Treaty Bodies

No. 20 Professional Training Series No. 20 Reporting to the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies:
Training Guide in English:
Part I - Manual | Part II – Notes for Facilitators
See also: Accompanying training modules, for use in developing training courses or as a general information resource on Reporting to the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies. A corresponding online training on treaty reporting can be taken.

Guidelines on reporting

  • Documentation Guidelines – Word | PDF
  • Documentation Checklist – Word | PDF

Editorial tips

  • The United Nations Editorial Manual Online is intended to serve as an authoritative statement of the style to be followed in drafting, editing and reproducing United Nations documents, publications and other written material.
  • The United Nations Multilingual Terminology Database (UNTERM) is a multilingual terminology database that provides terminology and nomenclature in subjects relevant to the work of the United Nations.

Models for Treaty Bodies documents (all documents are in Word format)