UN Intergovt. Working Group on proposed treaty

The intergovernmental working group on a proposed treaty was established by a Human Rights Council Resolution (A/HRC/26/L.22) on 26 June 2014.  Its mandate is "to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights".  More information on a proposed binding treaty on business & human rights is available here.

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18 October 2019

Day 4 of UN Treaty negotiations: Cross-border cooperation, ISDS, and institutional arrangements

Author: ECCJ, Belgium

The fourth day of UN Treaty negotiations kicked off with a discussion on Article 10 on “Mutual Legal Assistance”, whose provisions are designed to facilitate efficient resolution of cross-border cases between states......

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17 October 2019

Day 3: The 'Heart of the Treaty' coming to life as operative provisions begin to take shape, albeit at a snail's pace

Author: ECCJ (Belgium)

The day started with the Chairperson-Rapporteur introducing the new and revised provisions as having undergone significant revision since the last draft......

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16 October 2019

Day 2 of UN Treaty negotiations: Participation remains high, with discussions focusing on Rights of Victims and Prevention (human rights due diligence)

Author: ECCJ, Belgium

Day 2 of the negotiations of the Open-ended Inter-governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) for the elaboration of an International Legally Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights began on...

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16 October 2019
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Author: Campagne mondiale pour la souveraineté des peuples, démanteler le pouvoir des sociétés transnationales et mettre fin à l’impunité (Global campaign)

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15 October 2019
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Author: TransNational Institute, Alianza para el Tratado

“Proceso histórico continúa en la ONU: esta semana los estados inician negociaciones sustanciales sobre el texto de un tratado vinculante para empresas transnacionales y otras empresas con respecto a los derechos humanos”- 14 de octubre de 2019...

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15 October 2019

The Revised Draft of the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights: towards the next round of negotiations

Author: Antoni PIGRAU SOLÉ Daniel IGLESIAS MÁRQUEZ at International Catalan Institute for Peace

This policy paper has a dual purpose. On the one hand, it critically analyses the content of the Zero Draft in order to identify the improvements and innovations proposed in the revised draft. On the other hand, it reflects on the position of various...

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15 October 2019
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Author: ats/nxp (Suisse)

"Manif à Genève: «Nous ne voulons pas de ce traité»", 12 octobre 2019...

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15 October 2019
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Author: Véronique Rigot, CNCD-11.11.11 (Belgique)

Ce lundi 14 octobre, à l’entame des négociations sur le projet de traité sur les entreprises et les droits humains, environ 65 pays étaient représentés dans la salle de négociations du Palais des Nations, au siège des Nations Unies à Genève. L’object...

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15 October 2019

UN Treaty on Business & Human Rights negotiations Day 1 - The round of discussions kicks off with an improved draft

Author: ECCJ (Belgium)

The fifth session of the Open-ended Inter-governmental Working Group (OEIGWG) for the elaboration of an International Legally binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights began on Monday...

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14 October 2019

Irish civil society push for a business and human rights treaty: Irish Times letter; Trócaire & Christian Aid side event in Geneva

Author: Shane Darcy, Business & Human Rights in Ireland

In a letter in today’s Irish Times, a number of prominent Irish organisations have called specifically on Ireland and other EU states to engage more meaningfully in the current Geneva process in light of the ongoing harm to human rights globally...

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