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2 Mar 2023

Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR),
// Haut-Commissariat aux droits de l'homme (HCDH),
// Oficina del Alto Comisionado para los Derechos Humanos (ACNUDH)

Call for inputs to advance discussion on legally binding instrument on business & human rights (by 31 March 2023)

"Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights: Update and invitation for written inputs", 2 Mar 2023

The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presents its compliments to all Permanent and Observer Missions to the United Nations Office in Geneva, intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions, civil society, business organizations, trade unions, and all other relevant stakeholders and has the honour to inform of the following: 

  • ...the Chair-Rapporteur requested that the friends of the Chair convene and lead intersessional consultations among States to advance work on the draft legally binding instrument, within their respective regional groups. There will be two such consultations per region, between April and mid-June 2023, with the first consultation focusing on Articles 1-7 and the second consultation focusing on Articles 8-14... 
  • The intersessional consultations to be convened by the friends of the Chair will take into account: (1) the work of the working group to date (in particular, all concrete textual suggestions made during the seventh and eighth sessions); and (2) written inputs by stakeholders (as regards substantive improvements to Articles 1-14 of the third revised draft legally binding instrument and the Suggested Chair Proposals). 
  • In this regard...the Chair-Rapporteur invites all stakeholders entitled to speak at the public sessions of the working group to submit such written inputs, which will be particularly helpful in advancing the discussions to be had at the intersessional consultations, and which will be shared on the working group website. Such inputs should:
    • address Articles 1-14 of the draft legally binding instrument;
    • be limited to 10 pages;
    • clearly indicate which State or organization is making the submission; [and]
    • be sent to [email protected] by Friday, 31 March 2023.