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UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Topics Covered:

  1. Government policies and interventions for development in various sectors and issues arising out of their design and implementation.
  2. Issues relating to development and management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
  3. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.

 

UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

 

What to study?

For Prelims and Mains: About UN’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

 

Context: Former Indian diplomat, Preeti Saran has been elected unopposed to an Asia Pacific seat on the United Nation’s Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR).

  • The UN’s Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) elected Saran to the 18-member committee ‘CESCR’ for a four-year term beginning on January 1, 2019.

 

About Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR):

  • The CESCR was set up in 1985 by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) of the United Nations.
  • It was constituted with an aim to monitor on its behalf the implementation of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESR), which has been ratified by 169 countries.
  • The countries that are parties to the covenant are required to submit reports to the CESCR every five years on how they protect the economic, social and cultural rights.
  • The committee examines each report and addresses its concerns and recommendations to the State party in the form of concluding observations.
  • The Members of the CESCR serve in their personal capacities as experts and do not represent their countries even though they may be nominated by their own nation.
  • The CECSR meets in Geneva and holds two sessions per year, consisting of a three-week plenary and a one-week pre-sessional working group.

 

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