On 14 September 2020, the report containing the findings and recommendations of the consultation process on the state of the UN human rights treaty body system was published by the co-facilitators – the Permanent Representatives of Morocco and Switzerland.

NGOs have jointly prepared a response to the report of the co-facilitators. This position paper, signed by 153 organisations, highlights some of the key recommendations we consider fundamental for the strengthening of the human rights treaty body system, and includes our recommendations to States, the treaty bodies, the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), and the President of the 75th session of the General Assembly on how to move forward on the implementation of these recommendations.

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We encourage Member States, treaty bodies, and OHCHR to consider the recommendations set out in this document and to support their immediate implementation. We also recommend that the President of the General Assembly ensure that any follow-up process on the treaty bodies convened during the 75th session is carried out in an open, transparent and inclusive manner, as was the 2020 review, so that the views of civil society can continue to play an integral role in the proceedings.