The Seminar will be organized by the IPU, in cooperation with the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, on 7 October 2010, the day after the closure of the 123rd IPU Assembly. The seminar is designed to enhance parliaments’ involvement in the United Nations' efforts to promote and ensure respect for human rights, in particular in the work of the UN Human Rights Committee and the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.
The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) cover the full spectrum of human rights. By ratifying them, States commit themselves to implementing their provisions and reporting regularly on the steps taken to this end to the Human Rights Committee, which oversees the implementation of the ICCPR, and to the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, which oversees the implementation of the ICESCR. Both Committees issue concluding observations and recommendations to each State party. Parliaments can make a significant contribution to this reporting and follow-up process.