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Report of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on the review of the work and functioning of the Human Rights Council

March 2011

The Open-Ended Intergovernmental Working Group on the Review of the Work and Functioning of the Human Rights Council held two sessions.

The first session from 25 to 29 October 2010 and the second session on 7, 17-18 and 23-24 February 2011.

At the end of the first session of the working group, on 29 October 2010, the President of the Council appointed five Facilitators to carry forward the discussion on the review, as follows: H.E. Mr. Omar Hilale, Permanent Representative of Morocco to work on issues relating to the Universal Periodic Review, H.E. Mr. Hannu Himanen, Permanent Representative of Finland to work on issues relating to the Special Procedures, H.E. Ms. Maria Ciobanu, Permanent Representative of Romania to work on issues relating to the Human Rights Council Advisory Committee, the Complaint Procedure and other subsidiary bodies, H.E. Mr. Gopinathan Achamkulangare, Permanent Representative of India, to work on issues relating to the Agenda and the Framework for a Programme of work, H.E. Ms. Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, Permanent Representative of Brazil to work on issues relating to the Methods of Work and Rules of Procedure. The President of the Council also appointed H.E. Mr. Idriss Jazaïry, Permanent Representative of Algeria, as the Coordinator with the Council review process in New York. H.E. Mr. Mohammed Loulichki, Permanent Representative of the Kingdom of Morocco, one of the Co-Facilitators of the review process in New York, participated in the meeting of 27 October 2010.

An organizational meeting of the second session of the working group was held on 3 February 2011. The Facilitators presented their respective contribution on the current state of the review process. All contributions were compiled in a Compilation of contributions in the context of the facilitation and coordination processes on the review of the work and functioning of the Human Rights Council. The Coordinator also made a presentation.

On the basis of the compilation of Facilitators’ contributions, the President circulated, on 14 February 2011, a Negotiating text to all Permanent Missions to the UN Office in Geneva and all other stakeholders.

At its ninth meeting, on 24 February 2011, the working group considered and adopted the following draft outcome of the review.

- Draft report of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on the review of the work and functioning of the Human Rights Council


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