15th Annual Meeting

The 15th annual meeting of special procedures of the Human Rights Council was held in Geneva from 23 to 27 June 2008.

At the 15th Annual Meeting of special procedures, mandate holders discussed, inter alia, issues arising from the Human Rights Council institution building process. Mandate holders adopted an Internal Advisory Procedure by which the Code of Conduct and other relevant documents, including the Manual of the United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures are implemented to enhance the effectiveness and independence both of the Special Procedures system as a whole and also of individual mandate-holders. Mandate holders adopted their revised Manual of Special Procedures, which was brought into consonance with the Code of Conduct , and takes into account comments received from States and NGOs. Mandate holders further discussed their engagement with the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism, and also addressed questions relating to their working methods, including follow up to their recommendations and communications , interaction with regional human rights mechanisms, and the integration of gender perspectives in their work.

Report of the 15th Meeting of special procedures assumed by the Human Rights Council, from 23 to 27 June 2008
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Organization of work

Draft Provisional Agenda E S
Draft Annotated Agenda (including list of documents) E F S
Timetable E

Activities of the Coordination Committee
Note on the activities of the Coordination Committee E F S

The Human Rights Council and the Special Procedures system

Developments at the Human Rights Council since June 2007 E F S
Annex I: Review, rationalization and improvement of mandates - Thematic mandates E only
HRC resolution 5/1: Institution-building of the United Nations Human Rights Council E F S

Working Methods

HRC resolution 5/2: Code of Conduct E F S
Internal Advisory Procedure to Review Practices and Working Methods (Interim) E F S
Strengthening the effectiveness of the Special Procedures: Follow-up and communications E F S
Cooperation with regional human rights mechanisms E
Special procedures and regional human rights systems: Areas for strengthening cooperation E F S
Strengthening Engagement with the International Human Rights Machinery - A Practitioner‘s Guide April 2008 E only
Manual of operations of the Special Procedures of the Human Rights Council - Draft June 2008 E
Summary of the main changes incorporated in the draft revised Manual of the United Nations Human Rights Special Procedures E F S
Communications of SPs - Discussion note by the Secretariat E

Exchange of views with the High Commissioner for Human Rights

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Integrating human rights approaches and mechanisms into the work of the Special Procedures

Note on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities and its Optional Protocol E F S
Special Procedures and Violence against Children Briefing Note for the 15th Annual Meeting E F S

Joint Session with Chairpersons of Human Rights Treaty Bodies


Consultation with Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and National Human Rights Institutions (NHRIs)