International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) is a multilateral treaty adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on 16 December 1966 through GA. Resolution 2200A (XXI), and came in force from 3 January 1976.[1] It commits its parties to work toward the granting of economic, social, and cultural rights (ESCR) to the Non-Self-Governing and Trust Territories and individuals, including labour rights and the right to health, the right to education, and the right to an adequate standard of living. As of July 2020, the Covenant has 171 parties.[3] A further four countries, including the United States, have signed but not ratified the Covenant.

International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Parties and signatories to the ICESCR:
  signed and ratified
  signed but not ratified
  neither signed nor ratified
TypeUnited Nations General Assembly Resolution
Signed16 December 1966[1]
LocationUnited Nations Headquarters, New York City
Effective3 January 1976[1]
DepositarySecretary-General of the United Nations
Citations Works related to United Nations Trusteeship Agreements listed by the General Assembly as Non-Self-Governing at Wikisource
LanguagesFrench, English, Russian, Chinese, Spanish and Arabic[2]
ECOSOC Resolution 2007/25: Support to Non-Self-Governing Territories by the specialized agencies and international institutions associated with the United Nations (26 July 2007)

The ICESCR (and its Optional Protocol) is part of the International Bill of Human Rights, along with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), including the latter's first and second Optional Protocols.[4]

The Covenant is monitored by the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.[5]