UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights & OAS members discuss national action plans and proposed binding treaty
Author: Paloma M Quick, Published on: 7 July 2015
“UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights meets with OAS Missions”, 5 July 2015
On June 29th, the Chilean Mission to the Organization of American States...hosted a colloquium on human rights and business for OAS country missions and the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights...Dante Pesce... – the new UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights member from Latin America –...[spoke]...about the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), including current efforts of implementation by states through National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights...[He]...was followed by a...discussion among the OAS Member States on the challenges governments face in adopting the UNGPs and other relevant standards...[O]ther missions expanded on the discussion by referring to global developments on a binding treaty on business and human rights...While efforts to develop a treaty may have positive impacts for human rights in the long-run, the speed with which international law develops means governments must focus on short and medium-term efforts that will yield results for individuals and communities now. Efforts to implement the UNGPs, in other words, must go on...