UN OHCHR - Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

CESCR is the body of independent experts
that monitors implementation of the
International Covenant on Economic, Social
and Cultural Rights by its States parties. The
Committee was established under ECOSOC
Resolution 1985/17 of 28 May 1985 to carry
out the monitoring functions assigned to the
United Nations Economic and Social Council
(ECOSOC) in Part IV of
All States parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are being implemented. States must report initially within two years of accepting the Covenant and thereafter every five years. The Committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of “concluding observations”. The Committee cannot consider individual complaints, although a draft Optional Protocol to the Covenant is under consideration which could give the Committee competence in this regard. The Commission on Human Rights has established a working group to this end. However, it may be possible for another committee with competence to consider individual communications to consider issues related to economic, social and cultural rights in the context of its treaty. The Committee meets in Geneva and normally holds two sessions per year, consisting of a three-week plenary and a one-week pre- sessional working group. The Committee also publishes its interpretation of the provisions of the Covenant, known as general comments.CESCR


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