Of all global human rights standards, the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights provides the most important international legal framework for protecting these basic human rights. The International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights was adopted and opened for signature, ratification and accession by General Assembly resolution 2200 A (XXI) of 16 December 1966, following almost 20 years of drafting debates. It finally gained the force of law a decade later, entering into force on 3 January 1976. The Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights is a United Nations human rights monitoring body. It is composed of 18 members elected for a term of 4 years by the Economic and Social Council.The Committee meets annually for a period of up to 3 weeks, taking into account the number of reports to be examined. Sessions are held in Geneva or wherever the Council decides. The Committee submits an annual report which contains the concluding observations of the Committee relating to each State party’s report.