How was the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights established?
Last Updated: Nov 11, 2015
The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was established by ECOSOC Resolution E/RES/1985/17 of 28 May 1985. It was established to carry out the monitoring function of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, assigned to ECOSOC in Part IV of the Covenant.
Committee documents are issued under series symbol E/C.12/-.
Press releases pertaining to the Committee are issued under series symbol HR/-.
The text of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is contained in A/RES/2200 A (XXI). The negotiating history and status, including the state parties to the Covenant, can be found in the Audiovisual Library of International Law.
The Committee also has the authority to review and consider communications from individuals and communications from State Parties regarding other State Parties. This authority was given to the Committee by the Optional Protocol to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The text of the Optional Protocol is contained in A/RES/63/117.
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