Learn about the process

Taking part in the UN review process:

There are a number of ways you can take part in the UN review process. If you need more information you can also contact the Human Rights Commission at: internationalreporting@hrc.co.nz

Some of the reviews coming up in 2018 will consider important issues such as:

  • Housing

  • Health (mental and physical)

  • Education

  • Living Standards

  • Protection against violence, abuse and bullying

  • Other economic, social and cultural rights

  • Civil and political rights

How does the review process work?

  1. Committee issues a List of Issues prior to reporting- this is a list of questions the Committee would like the country to answer. It may include questions following on from previous reviews or things the Committee is concerned about that have occurred in the country.

  2. Country reviewed by the Committee – around a year after submitting the report, a delegation from the country will go to Geneva to speak to the committee and be asked questions. You can watch past reviews and live reviews here

  3. Concluding observations issued by Committee -these are recommendations from the Committee to the government to help them address issues raised during the review. You can see past concluding observations here.

  4. Government writes report in response - the government of the country then writes a report answering the List of issues. In New Zealand the Ministry of Justice writes the report. 

For more information on the review process by a UN treaty body, watch this video. There is a different process for undertaking the Universal Periodic Review (UPR). You can find out more about the UPR process by clicking here.

Watch Pania Newton discuss what it was like to submit to the United Nation.

How can I take part in a reporting process?

All New Zealanders are able to write their own reports, known as shadow reports, and submit them to a relevant UN Committee. You can see past government reports and reports from the public about New Zealand here

Submissions don’t need to be long or complex. They just need to clearly outline the nature of your concern and what you think the government should do to address it. If you’re making a submission on behalf of a group or organisation you should provide details about the group such as its name, purpose and how many members it has.