Call for Action on the Elections of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Published on ESCR-net.org.

The NGO Coalition calls on civil society to get involved in the upcoming elections of the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (Committee) to ensure the election of independent members with strong ESCR expertise. The terms of 9 of the 18 members of the Committee will expire on 31 December 2010. In October 2009, States parties to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) were asked to nominate new candidates for the Committee, and the deadline for nominations is January 26, 2010. The elections will take place in April 2010, during the resumed organizational meeting of ESCOSOC in New York. The elected individual members will have an impact on the overall quality and effectiveness of this body. With the Optional Protocol now in place, the strength and capacity of the Committee becomes even more critical.

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… The forthcoming election of committee members:

The Committee is composed of 18 experts, who are elected for a period of four years. Members can be re-elected once their term is up, and there are no limits on the number of terms they can serve on the Committee. The members whose term expires are:

  • Clement Atanga (Cameroon) elected in 1999
  • Virginia Bonoan-Dandan (Philippines) elected in 1990
  • Maria Virginia Bras Gomes (Portugal)
  • Chandrashekhar Dasgupta (India)
  • Azzouz Kerdoun (Algeria)
  • Yuri Kolosov (Russian Federation) elected in 2002
  • Jaime Marchan Romero (Ecuador) elected in 1987
  • Eibe Riedel (Germany)
  • Alvaro Tirado Mejia (Colombia) elected in 2002

More information on the current members of the Committee can be accessed at http://www2.ohchr.org/english/bodies/cescr/members.htm … (full long text).

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