UNITED NATIONS Press release COMMITTEE ON RIGHTS OF CHILD HOLDS INFORMAL MEETING WITH STATES PARTIES ON METHODS OF WORK Committee on the Rights of the Child 17 January 2006 The Committee on the Rights of the Child this morning held an informal meeting with the States parties to the Convention on the Rights of the Child on its methods of work. During the meeting, the Committee informed the States parties of its experiences with the new method of work for the examination of the reports of the States parties, commencing with the current session, namely the holding of two simultaneous and parallel meetings in order to be able to take up the reports of two countries in the same day. The representatives of some States inquired how the Committee intended to ensure that its work would remain coherent, in particular with regards to the need to maintain an equitable geographical and gender repartition of its members. An Expert noted that, from preliminary results, the new working method allowed for an improved interaction with the delegations, and that the first results were encouraging. The debate also focused on the current reform of the examination of reports and their submission, and of the oversight of bodies created by international human rights instruments. The Chairperson, Jacob Egbert Doek, said that the Committee had already expressed its concerns with regards to the idea of one single treaty body, which would dilute the specificity of each treaty. There was another solution that had already been proposed, he said, which was an alternative to the dissolution to the seven currently-existing treaty bodies and the creation of a single body, and this would be to establish a bureau made up of the seven chairpersons of the existing treaty bodies, with the role of coordinating the work of the seven bodies, and of ensuring greater coherency among the concluding observations. Several speakers intervened to support the idea of a true reform of the treaty body system. Mr. Doek underscored that there was no single solution to the problems encountered. Regarding follow-up to the concluding observations of the Committee, Mr. Doek said that if some bodies had put in place follow-up procedures, the Committee had neither the capacity nor the time required to do so. At its next public session, on Wednesday, 18 January at 10 a.m., the Committee will take up the second periodic reports of Hungary (CRC/C/70/Add.25), and Lithuania (CRC/C/83/add.14). * *** * This press release is not an official record and is provided for public information only.
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