During its first session, the Economic and Social Council
established a Preparatory Committee, often referred to as the
“Nuclear Commission”, whose role was to propose terms of
reference, term limits, size of membership and member status
(government representative or individual) for the then new
Commission on Human Rights.
At these meetings, the Nuclear Commission studied the question of the work of the Commission on Human Rights and determined that its work should primarily be devoted to submitting proposals, recommendations and reports for an international bill of human rights. The Nuclear Commission also requested the Secretary-General to collect all possible information on the question of human rights.
In response, the Division of Human Rights of the UN Secretariat began a comprehensive study of human rights documentation,
submitted by various delegations, non-governmental organizations and other inter-governmental bodies.
The Nuclear Commission's report, E/38/Rev.1, was submitted to the second session of the Economic and Social Council.