CTI Closed Discussion: "Exploring ways of easing the treaty body reporting burden on Small States"

The Governments of the Convention against Torture Initiative (CTI), namely Chile, Denmark, Fiji, Ghana, Indonesia and Morocco, together with Switzerland and Costa Rica, and in partnership with the Commonwealth Secretariat and the Universal Rights Group (URG), will convene a closed discussion where Small States can discuss the challenges they face in engaging with the UN treaty body system, explore novel ideas of how the reporting burden could be eased, and how Small States could be better assisted throughout the reporting process.​

Objectives of the meeting

By providing a confidential space for States to share their experiences regarding reporting to UN human rights treaty bodies (TBs), including the UN Committee against Torture, the discussion hopes to:

  • Identify common challenges of timely reporting and effective follow-up to concluding observations, and gain a better understanding of the resource, capacity and other constraints affecting Small States with regard to meeting their reporting obligations;
  • Share good practices of national mechanisms and processes that have helped facilitate preparation and submission of reports and that could assist Small States in particular;
  • Explore the experiences of States that have reported to TBs (and CAT in particular), with a view to recommending ways in which the Committees could streamline reporting procedures or access for Small States (also explore what the CTI and/or other States could do to assist this process).

This event is by invitation only.

For more information, please contact Ms. Laura Blanco, CTI Legal Researcher (, cc