Economic, Cultural and Social Rights Review

Our submission for the Fourth Periodic Review of New Zealand under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

February 2018


The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) promotes social progress and better standards of life.

It was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200A (XXI) of 16 December 1966. The full text can be found here.

It outlines rights for everyone, including the right to:

  • Adequate housing
  • Food and water
  • Work
  • Social security
  • Family life
  • Health
  • Education

On the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of March the United Nations committee will be considering how New Zealand is doing in these areas. The committee will consider information provided by the Government, the Human Rights Commission and NGO's about how they can make improvements. This issue is one of many the Commission has raised in their report to the Committee. 

You can read our submission for the Fourth Periodic Review of New Zealand under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights here.

Key dates

The New Zealand Government submitted their report to the ICESCR Committee in May 2017. Their review is scheduled for June 2018.

For more information, You can find out more about the United Nations Committee on Economic Social and Cultural Rights and it’s work here.

NGO Submissions

Here are the submissions made by NGOs for the fourth Periodic Review of New Zealand under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights: