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Programme of Work and Agenda

 Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaks at the treaty body strengthening consultations for States party to international human rights treaties held by the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). On stage, from left to right are: Ivan Simonovic, Assistant Secretary-General in the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights; Nassir Abdulaziz Al-Nasser, President of the General Assembly; Ms. Pillay; and Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon. 02 April 2012. United Nations, New York. Programme of Work

The biennial programme of work is prepared for the organizational session. Based on this document, ECOSOC determines its agenda and programme of work for the substantive session.   

  • symbol pattern: E/year/1
  • example:  E/2014/1 

**For 2015, there is no programme of work document issued yet. Document number 1 for 2015 is the provisional agenda.


With the July-July cycle, the ECOSOC now issues one provisional agenda document for the entire session. Previously, the organizational session and substantive session had separate agendas with the organization session assigned the sequential number "2" for the year and the substantive session the number "100"

The provisional agenda for the July-July cycle now carries the sequential number "1":

  • symbol pattern: E/year/1
  • example: E/2017/1

An annotated agenda is issued for the July-July cycle. This document carries the sequential number "100":

Both provide information on the authority of each agenda item and the major documentation scheduled to be submitted under it.