Ministers’ Deputies
Notes on the Agenda

CM/Notes/990/2.3 15 March 20071
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990 Meeting, 21 March 2007
2 Political questions


2.3 Cooperation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations –

Possible synergies in the human rights field

Reference documents
CM/Del/Dec(2007)988/4.3b

CM/Inf(2006)44 and CM/Inf(2006)44 add

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Action

To examine the appended draft decisions with a view to their adoption.

1. It is recalled that, at its meeting on 8 February 2007 the GR-EXT had considered this question on the basis of a Secretariat memorandum prepared by the Directorate General of Human Rights (document CM/Inf(2006)44). Following the debate, the Group had instructed the Secretariat to prepare, in the light of these discussions, draft decisions on strengthening co-operation with the United Nations in the human rights field, for submission to the Ministers' Deputies for adoption at their 988th meeting (21-22 February 2007).

2. At their 988th meeting, following the exchange of views (human rights questions) with the participation of experts from capitals, the Deputies examined the draft decisions prepared by the Secretariat. At the proposal of the Chairman of GR-EXT and because of time constraints, they agreed to resume consideration of the item at one of their forthcoming meetings, it being understood that the draft decisions would first be examined by the GR-EXT. At the GR-EXT meeting organised on 13 March 2007, the Group agreed on the draft decisions contained in these Notes and decided to transmit them to the Deputies for adoption without further debate at their 990th meeting (21 March 2007).

Financing assured: YES

DRAFT DECISIONS

990th meeting – 21 March 2007

Item 2.3

Cooperation between the Council of Europe and the United Nations –
Possible synergies in the human rights field
(CM/Del/Dec(2007)988/4.3b, CM/Inf(2006)44 and CM/Inf(2006)44 add)

Decisions

The Deputies

1. agreed, in the light of the discussions in GR-EXT, to take further steps to achieve greater synergy between the activities of the Council of Europe and those of the United Nations on matters relating to human rights;

2. encouraged the secretariat to continue its efforts in this regard, with particular emphasis on targeted dissemination of information on Council of Europe standards and activities, active participation in Human Rights Council sessions and those of the Third Committee, the organisation of side events as well as training seminars on the activities of the Council of Europe in the human rights field for the delegates of the Human Rights Council, supplying the conclusions of relevant Council of Europe monitoring bodies contained in public documents to the Human Rights Council and attempting to ensure a more regular secretariat presence at Council sessions in Geneva;

3. agreed to continue their annual exchanges of views with experts from the capitals, while noting that, if the Chair considered it appropriate, further informal ad hoc discussions could be held on forthcoming activities of the Human Rights Council;

4. invited each succeeding chair of the Committee of Ministers to play an active role, in that capacity, in Human Rights Council and Third Committee sessions, by articulating Council of Europe values and standards, promoting human rights in general and seeking the support of all its member states for initiatives to enhance them;

5. invited the Steering Committee for Human Rights (CDDH) to keep abreast of the work of the Human Rights Council and, where appropriate, organise exchanges of views on certain issues of interest to the Committee;

6. encouraged the secretariat to continue and develop its various forms of co-operation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, as well as co-operation between, on the one hand, the Council of Europe's human rights bodies and its Commissioner for human rights and, on the other hand, those of the United Nations.

Note 1 This document has been classified restricted at the date of issue. Unless the Committee of Ministers decides otherwise, it will be declassified according to the rules set up in Resolution Res(2001)6 on access to Council of Europe documents.


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