Sixth session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights
The first and second sessions of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG) were dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of a future international instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. During the third session, the Working Group discussed elements for a draft legally binding instrument prepared by the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the OEIGWG taking into consideration the discussions held during the first two sessions. During the fourth session, the Working Group’s discussions focused on a zero draft legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises, as well as a zero draft optional protocol to be annexed to the zero draft legally binding instrument.
The Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, prepared a revised draft legally binding instrument based on these previous sessions, as well as other activities of, and inputs received by, the Chairmanship (see A/HRC/40/48, para. 91(b)). This revised draft served as the basis for direct substantive intergovernmental negotiations during the fifth session of the OEIGWG, which was held from 14 to 18 October 2019, in Geneva. The report of the fifth session is available here.
The sixth session of the OEIGWG will take place from 26 to 30 October 2020. All participants (in-person and remote) are required to register at : https://indico.un.org/event/20214/registration/
The session will take place in room XX, Palais des Nations (with an overflow room made available). In-person participation is very much encouraged in light of the State-led direct substantive intergovernmental negotiations on the preparation of a third draft legally binding instrument during the working group’s sixth session. However, representatives of Member States as well as other stakeholders who are unable to attend the meeting in person will be able to participate for the parts of the session during which they will intervene through Webex. Modalities and guidance about the use of the Webex platform will be made available shortly. Member States and other stakeholders who are participating remotely in the session will have access to the live webcast available in all 6 languages of the United Nations, and to the audio-recording on demand in all 6 languages as well.
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