UN Instruments

Most United Nations bodies concerned with human rights provide for continuing supervision of the realization of international human rights standards under a system of periodic review of information including reports from Member States, intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, and communications alleging violations of human rights and thus the right to education.

As regards monitoring the implementation of the United Nations conventions on human rights, the United Nations Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) as a treaty body, monitors the implementation of the right to education as provided for in Articles 13 and 14 of the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Every five years, each state party to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is obliged to submit a report to the Committee. These reports cover all the rights in the Covenant and explain what the state is doing to implement the right to education (articles 13 and 14 of the International Covenant).

Other United Nations treaty bodies whose work relates to monitoring the right to education are: the Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC) which monitors this right as provided for in Articles 28 to 30 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (1989); and the Committee on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women, which monitors this right as provided for in Article 10 of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (1979). 

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