7th session of the IGWG
The 7th session of the intergovernmental working group will take place from 25 – 29 October 2021
Binding treaty: a brief overview
2014: In June, the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva adopts a resolution drafted by Ecuador and South Africa. An open-ended intergovernmental working group (IGWG), chaired by Ecuador, is established with the mandate to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights.
2017: The Chair issues Elements for the draft legally binding instrument.
2018: In July, the IGWG presents the Zero Draft, followed by its draft Optional Protocol (an unofficial summary of the Zero Draft is available here). Stakeholders provide input on the Zero Draft during the fourth session of the IGWG in October 2018.
2019: The Revised Draft is published in July (an unofficial summary is available here, as well as an unofficial Spanish translation). In October, stakeholders provide input on content at the fifth session of the IGWG.
Current and previous drafts
Quarterly Update: Victims’ Rights under the Second Revised Draft
This Corporate Legal Accountability Quarterly Update looks at the most significant developments in corporate legal accountability in the third quarter of 2020 and includes a highlight on victims’ rights under the new draft treaty
Latest news and commentary on the Second Revised Draft
In this story, download the Second Revised Draft and explore statements from civil society actors, academics, governments and others on the new draft treaty
Debate the Treaty blog series
This series run by the Business & Human Rights Resource Centre explores the content and scope of the proposed binding treaty and analyses previous drafts. Explore our guest blog posts on the Binding Treaty to learn more from thought leaders across the field.
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