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24 Oct 2017


IGWG 3 - Daily Updates - Tuesday 24 October 2017

The Corporate Accountability Working Group of ESCR-Net (CAWG) participated in the second day of the third session of the IGWG. 

...One of the critical issue for debate was the explicit recognition of the primacy of human rights; in response, several members stressed the need to acknowledge the primacy of human rights over corporate interests...

...The IGWG turned next to the scope of the treaty...While there was generally consensus that the treaty should cover all human rights, participants considered the meaning of the term ‘business activity that has a transnational character’, and took varying positions on whether the treaty should apply to all corporations.

...side event organized by our member FIDH dealt with the scope of the treaty...

...Key issues arising during initial state negotiations included: the need for further elaboration of the state measures needed regarding implementation (for example, of the framework for human rights and environmental impact assessments), the question of direct obligations for corporations, and the interaction between states and international organizations.