Annual United Nations event gives boost to international treaties, rule of law

Forty States either signed or ratified international treaties on a range of issues, from protecting children from violence to promoting the rights of persons with disabilities, during the annual high-level event that accompanies the opening of the United Nations General Assembly.

Member States urged to consider proposals to strengthen UN treaty body system

Top United Nations officials today called on Member States to consider a set of proposals to strengthen the world body’s human rights treaty body system, which has doubled in size over the past 12 years, and make it more effective.

UN officials stress need to strengthen and harmonize human rights treaty bodies

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today called for increased resources to help strengthen and harmonize the treaty bodies that monitor the implementation of international human rights treaties, describing them as the indispensable link between universal standards and the individuals they are designed to protect.