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The treaty bodies encourage submissions prepared by coalitions of civil society organisations, which cover a broad range of issues that impact on the enjoyment of human rights. If your country has an upcoming review by a treaty body, it would be useful to connect with other local and national NGOs, advocates, social movements and grassroots groups to encourage participation and to identify, prioritize and include relevant information and recommendations on key issues.
The Women and ESCR Working Group (WESCR WG) and the Monitoring Working Group (MWG) are also able to support parallel reporting from a substantive equality perspective. Members of the two Working Groups may be able to support you in some of the following ways:
- Connect you with other human rights advocates in your country and provide advice about how to work in a coalition on a parallel report;
- Provide support for human-rights data collection and assessing human rights obligations;
- Provide guidance and support throughout the drafting process to strengthen your parallel report (e.g. reviewing a draft), particularly the integration of an intersectional approach;
- Offer advice on interacting with the treaty bodies during the review itself. If you are unable to participate in the sessions, members could link you with other organizations that will participate and would be willing to collaborate with you;
- Support a strong follow-up process to implement the concluding recommendations of the treaty bodies; and
- Work with others to analyze the impacts of parallel reporting on concluding observations.
In this guide
- What is UN Treaty Body reporting?
- What are states obligations regarding economic, social and cultural rights?
- Why engage in parallel reporting?
- Choosing the relevant Treaty Body
- How the reporting process works
- Engaging with treaty bodies before, during and after the review cycle
- Follow-up procedures
- Using a human rights-based approach to data collection
- Tips for developing your parallel report
- What kinds data to include?
You can offer and seek support from ESCR-Net members on parallel reporting, before, during and after the review cycle.
Read about how ESCR-Net members have used parallel reporting in their work