Complementarity between the UNGP and a binding UN Instrument

On 24-28 October 2016 in Geneva, the UN Intergovernmental Working Group (UN IGWG) on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights will meet in its second session to work towards elaborating an international legally binding instrument.Some civil society organisations, a number of which are engaged both in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) and in Treaty discussions, as well as some academics believe that the UNGPs and a new Treaty can be complementary.

This session will bring together different perspectives to consider how an international treaty could potentially help to address recognized gaps in current frameworks, particularly in relation to the EU priorities of access to justice and protection of human rights defenders in the UN context, and to discuss prospects for the UN process and contributions from Europe.

Contributions by:
– Pablo Fajardo (litigator Chevron case Ecuador);
– Riccardo Serri (European External Action Service);
– Debbie Stothard (FIDH);
– Arjen Boekhold (Tony’s Chocolonely).

Moderated by: Denise Auclair (CIDSE)

Session organised by: SOMO,CIDSE, Friends of the Earth Europe, TNI and others.

Presentations of speakers

Background materials

Needs and Options international inst_ICJ Report Finale lecvers.compressed

White paper – options for a treaty on BHR

Relevant links:

Website “Open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights”

Joint Statement Treaty Movement