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25 Oct 2017


IGWG 3 - Daily Updates - Wednesday 25 October 2017

The Corporate Accountability Working Group of ESCR-Net (CAWG) participated in the third day of discussions towards the proposed treaty.

...Members continued to raise key issues including the need for the treaty to: address corporate capture; shift from framing women as ‘victims’ or to be considered only during remedial processes towards incorporating a gender-responsive approach that situates women at the center of relevant processes; outline clear measures to ensure adequate access to information and documents; and the importance of both adhering to the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples and using it as a guide to inform the treaty.

...States debated the suggestion of direct obligations for corporations...Discussions on access to justice highlighted the need to understand the treaty not as an academic exercise but as a necessary tool to address the significant injustices that area occurring...The UN Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes highlighted the inseparable connection between environmental harm and human rights...Various participants noted the need for state measures to be prospective in nature...

...An ESCR-Net and FIDH side event focused on the importance of protection of, and creation of an enabling environment, for human rights defenders.