Jan 2012 Working Group session: Submissions & interventions

Submissions & interventions to UN Working Group > First session: 16-20 Jan 2012

The UN Working Group held its first session, "during which its five independent experts [were to] determine the Group’s key thematic priorities and activities", in Geneva, 16-20 Jan 2012 (full announcement here).  On the last day of the session, 20 January, the Working Group invited "all interested stakeholders to attend an informal introductory exchange with the members of the Working Group" (full invitation here).

Thematic priorities and suggested activities for the UN Working Group on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises



Text of oral interventions

Please send the text of any other interventions that can be posted here Greg Regaignon at [email protected].  

Amnesty International [DOC]

Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex Univ. Human Rights & Business Programme (UK) [DOC]

Berne Declaration, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights [DOC]

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre [PDF]

[en español] Centro de Derechos Humanos y Ambiente (CEDHA) [DOC]

CSR Europe [PDF]

La Francophonie [DOC]

DCAF (Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces) [DOC]

Global Business Initiative on Human Rights [PDF]

Global Network Initiative [PDF]

Intl. Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion & Protection of Human Rights [DOC]
     - [en español] Comité Internacional de Coordinación de las Instituciones Nacionales para la Promoción y Protección de los Derechos Humanos [DOC]
     - [en français] Comité International de Coordination des Institutions nationales pour la Promotion et la Protection des droits de l’homme [DOC]

Intl. Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) [DOC]

Intl. Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) [PDF]
- see also Briefing note for UN Working Group: "Indigenous peoples and transnational corporations and other business enterprises", prepared by IWGIA, RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North), Indigenous Peoples' Links (PIPlinks), CODPI, Almáciga

- see also IPIECA press release on its participation in the first session of the UN Working Group [PDF]

Latin American Mining Monitoring Programme [DOC]

OECD Watch [PDF]

Social Accountability Intl. [PDF]




Written submissions made in advance of Jan 2012 session

Below are submissions made directly to the UN Working Group.  If you are aware of any other submissions, please send them for posting here to Greg Regaignon at [email protected]

The UN Working Group invited all stakeholders "to share their thoughts to help it establish its work programme" in advance of its first session (16-20 Jan 2012).  The deadline was 8 December.
- full announcement: "Have your say! Help a new UN body ensure respect for human rights by business", 4 Nov 2011
- page of submissions on website of Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights


Submissions by:


     Intergovernmental orgs.

     National human rights institutions

     NGOs, civil society & labour unions


     Business orgs.


     Multi-stakeholder initiatives, academics, consultants & others



"HR Groups Petition UN on Business & Human Rights", Federalist Society (USA), 25 Jan 2012

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