Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Monitoring the economic, social and cultural rights
The 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 the Covenant.
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”.
With regard to individual complaints, on 10 December 2008, the General Assembly unanimously adopted an Optional Protocol (GA resolution A/RES/63/117) to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights which provides the Committee competence to receive and consider communications. The General Assembly took note of the adoption by the Human Rights Council by its resolution 8/2 of 18 June 2008, of the Optional Protocol . The Optional Protocol was opened for signature at a signing ceremony in 2009. In addition to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural rights, other committees with competence can consider individual communications involving 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.
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Now available in PDF
Compilación de observaciones finales del Comité de Derechos Económicos, Sociales y Culturales sobre países de América Latina y el Caribe (1989-2004)
A compilation of CESCR concluding observations for Latin American and Caribbean countries in their original languages. Contains all of the concluding observations of the Committee from 1989 to 2004 relating to Spanish-speaking countries in Spanish, English-speaking countries (as well as Brazil) in English, and Francophone countries in French.
Published by OHCHR-UNDP in Santiago, Chile.
To download a copy (2.2MB), click on the cover page