Nineteenth Session of the Annual Meeting of the
International Coordinating Committee (ICC)

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Information note [as of 13 Feb. 2007]     English     French     Spanish




GENEVA, 21-23 MARCH 2007



The sequencing of the documents is based on the agenda items (See agenda under item 3):


AGENDA [as of 5 Mar. 2007]


WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 10h00 - 13h00

Pre-ICC thematic dialogue on National Human Rights Institutions and their role in the prevention of torture

a) Agenda     
English     French     Spanish  

b) Questionnaire    
English     French     Spanish


WEDNESDAY 21 MARCH 15h00-18h00 


  1. Address of Ms. Louise Arbour, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (15h00-15h40)

    Address by Ms. Louise Arbour, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

  2. Statement by Mr. Morten Kjaerum, Chairperson of the ICC (15h40 – 16h00)

    Statement by Mr. Morten Kjaerum     English      French      Spanish

  3. Adoption of the Agenda  (16h00 – 16h05)

    a) Agenda [as of 5 Mar. 2007]     EFS version

    b) Agenda & Timetable of Parallel Meetings [as of 7 Mar. 2007]      EFS version

  4. Adoption of the report of the 18th session of the ICC (16h05 – 16h15)

    Draft Report of the 18th Session of the ICC [as of 8 Feb. 2007]      English

  5. OHCHR briefing on the current work and future direction of the NI unit (16h15 – 16h50)
    Ms Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin, Director, Operations, Programmes and Research Division[tbc]
    Mr Gianni Magazzeni, Coordinator, National Institutions Unit, CBB

    Statement by Mr Gianni Magazzeni

    Statement by Ms. Maria Francisca Ize-Charrin

  6. Consideration of the Secretary General’s reports submitted to the 4th session of the Human Rights Council: (16h50 – 17h00)

    1. Secretary-General’s annual report on National Human Rights Institutions (NIs)(A/HRC/4/91);

    2. Secretary-General’s report on process currently utilized by the ICC to accredit NIs in compliance with the Paris Principles and ensure that the process is strengthened with appropriate periodic review and on ways and means of enhancing participation of NIs in the work of the Council (A/HRC/4/92);

    3. Other related matters.

  7. Reports of, and plans for, Regional Meetings (17h00 – 18h00)

THURSDAY 22 MARCH 1000-1300

  1. Consideration and adoption of the report of the ICC Sub-Committee on Accreditation (10h00 – 11h00)

    Decision Paper on the Review of ICC Accreditation Procedures for NHRIs

  2. Engagement of NIs with the Human Rights Council (11h00 – 13h00)

    1. Report back on engagement during 2006 -Anne Marie Garrido, Programme Manager, Danish Institute for Human Rights

      The Engagement of NHRIs with the UN Human Rights Council 2006 -
      Report to the 19th session of the ICC 22 March 2007

      English      Spanish     French

      Annex A - ICC Chair Geneva Representative Report 200806

      Annex B - ICC positions volume I

      Annex C - ICC positions volume II

      Annex D - Draft ICC positions volume III

      Annex E - Draft ICC positions volume IV

      Annex F - Ensuring effective NHRI participation within the UN Human Rights Council (Letter)

    2. Participation of regional coordinating committees in the Human Rights Council

      Discussion Paper


THURSDAY 22 MARCH 15h00-18h00


  1. Role of NHRIs in the United Nations treaty bodies – presentation of the conclusions to the Berlin Workshop (Mr. Heiner Bielefeldt, Director, German Institute for Human Rights) (15h00 – 15h30)

    Conclusions of the International Roundtable on the Role of National Human Rights Institutions and Treaty Bodies, Berlin, 23 and 24 November 2006

    English     French      Spanish     

  2. OHCHR Public Information Program: opportunities for NHRIs (Ms. Susan Curran, Chief, Communications Section, OHCHR) (15h30 – 15h40) [due to time contstraints, this agenda item was cancelled]

  3. Follow-up to the 8th International Conference of NIs and the Santa Cruz declaration (15h40 – 18h00):

    1. Presentation of the report of the 8th International Conference of NI

      Final Report from the 8th International Conference for NHRIs     English     Spanish     French 
      (Updated 11 May 2007)

      Find also annexes here: List of participants     Photos (2Mb)


    2. Presentation of the report on migration for NHRIs as called for in the Santa Cruz Declaration, 8th International Conference, Bolivia October 2006. (Mr Diego Carrasco, Consultant) [Open for comment until 30 April 2007. Please send comments directly to Mr. Diego Carrasco at ]

      Informe Global de Buenas Prácticas sobre Migración e Instituciones Nacionales de Derechos Humanos

      Form and Questionnaire      English      French      Spanish

    3. Working Group to follow up on the implementation of the Santa Cruz Declaration

FRIDAY 23 MARCH 1000-1300

  1. Presentation of activities undertaken and the next steps for NHRIs with regard to the implementation of the Comprehensive and Integral International Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Rights and Dignity of Persons with Disabilities (Ms. Mara Bustelo, Coordinator, Human Rights and Economic and Social Issues, OHCHR and ICC Disability focal point Mr. Gerard Quinn, Irish Human Rights Commission)  (10h00 – 11h00)

    NHRIs and Next Steps under the UN Convention on the Human Rights of Persons with Disabilities

    English     French     Spanish  

    Donor proposal  - Asia Pacific Forum: Towards a Disability Rights Database –  Building the capacity of  National Human Rights Institutions to implement an  International Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities


  2. Amendments to ICC Rules of Procedure (11h00 – 12h00)
    [due to time contstraints, this agenda item was postponed and shall be deliberated at the next session of the ICC]

    1. Discussion and adoption of amendments proposed by the Working Group on Accreditation

      - Rules of procedure as adopted in Bolivia, October 2006     English     French      Spanish    

      - Rules of procedure for international conferences     
      English     French      Spanish

      - Narrative on the amendments       English     French      Spanish

      - Table containing the three languages to be put on the screen      EFS

    2. Discussion and adoption of other proposed amendments

  3. Plans for the 9th International Conference of NHRIs including agreement on host NHRI and country (12h00 – 12h20)

  4. Election of the Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson of the ICC (12h20 – 12h40)

  5. Other business (12h40 – 12h50)

  6. Closing business session (12h50 – 13h00)


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