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24 Jan 2018

Guillaume Long, Chair-Rapporteur

Report on the 3rd session of the open-ended IGWG on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

The  third  session...opened with a video statement by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights...He noted that the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights were an important step towards extending the human rights framework to corporate actors.  He stated that there was no inherent dichotomy between promoting the Guiding Principles and drafting new standards...aimed at protecting rights and enhancing accountability and remedy for victims of corporate-related human rights abuses...Following the discussions...the Chair-Rapporteur should...(a) Invite  States  and  different  stakeholders  to  submit  their  comments  and proposals on the draft elements document no later than the end of February 2018; (b) Present a draft legally binding instrument...for  substantive negotiations during its fourth and upcoming annual sessions...At the final meeting of its third session...the working group took note of the elements for the draft  legally  binding  instrument...
Contents I. Introduction II. Organization of the session A. Election of the Chair-Rapporteur B. Attendance C. Documentation D. Adoption of the agenda and programme of work. III. Opening statements A. Keynote speeches B. General statements C. Debate: reflections on the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and other relevant international, regional and national frameworks IV. Panel discussions A. Panel I. General framework B. Panel II. Scope of application C. Panel III. General obligations D. Panel IV. Preventive measures E. Panel V. Legal liability F. Panel VI. Access to justice, effective remedy and guarantees of non-repetition G. Panel VII. Jurisdiction H. Panel VIII. International cooperation I. Panel IX. Mechanisms for promotion, implementation and monitoring J. Panel X. General provisions. K. Panel. Victims’ voices V. Recommendations of the Chair-Rapporteur and conclusions of the working group A. Recommendations of the Chair-Rapporteur B. Conclusions of the working group VI. Adoption of the report