Days after the United Nations (UN) held its 6th session of negotiations, the Kenya Conference of Catholic Bishops (KCCB) through its Catholic Justice and Peace Commission (CJPC) has urged government to support the current Second Revised Draft of the Treaty.
The final week of October saw the sixth round of negotiations for a Binding UN Treaty to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises. As in previous years, SOMO participated. However, this time digitally. A short re-cap.
In this press statement, the ATF recalls the role and goals of CSOs in the 6th session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group the Second Revised Draft and quotes some CSOs' interventions made during the first days of this working group session.
Ce lundi 26 octobre 2020 a débuté à Genève la sixième session de négociation d’un traité contraignant les multinationales à respecter les droits humains et l’environnement. Alors que l’Union européenne a joué la montre et que la France est restée muette pour le moment, 22 maires français appellent le gouvernement et l’UE à s’engager activement dans ce processus de négociation afin “d’atténuer les conséquences injustes d’une mondialisation non régulée”.
In this summary of day 1, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ) outlines participating States' different positions on the treaty process as well as content of negotiations on Preamble, Article 1 Definitions and Article 2 Statement of Purpose.
The Irish Congress of Trade Unions believe that the Second Revised Draft of the proposed Binding Treaty presents States with a legally sound and politically viable text. They urge Ireland (and the EU) to engage constructively in the upcoming negotiations.
The statement points out that, while support has been given by the European Parliament and the European Economic and Social Committee to the treaty’s negotiation, there is no substantive involvement by the EU and its Member States in the process.
In October 2020, Caritas Ghana in partnership with DKA Austria and Misereor Germany, organised a stakeholders Virtual Workshop to heighten awareness of Local Civil Society Organizations, especially members of the FAITH in Ghana Alliance, about the Binding Treaty process and how they can influence the Government of Ghana to support the Binding Treaty.
African Coalition on Corporate Accountability (ACCA) and others highlight that the 2020 negotiating session presents an opportunity for African governments, who have often decried international instruments as tools of neocolonialism, to shape a strong framework that could put an end to corporate impunity and provide remedies for victims.