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Proposals of the Global Campaign for the Binding Treaty on transnational corporations and Human Rights:

Treaty on Transnational Corporations and their Supply Chains with regard to Human Rights (2017) [English] [Castellano] [Français]

6 concrete proposals of the Global Campaign for the binding instrument – Contribution to the Second Session of the OEIGWG (2016) [English] [Castellano] [Français]

8 points: Written Contribution of the Global Campaign to the first session of the OEIGWG (2015) [English] [Castellano] [Français]

 

Global Campaign activities in 2018

In 2018 the Global Campaign will continue to develop strategies and efforts in order to build a UN Binding Treaty on Human Rights and Transnational Corporations that contributes to stop impunity.

March 2018

During the 37th Session of UNHRC we organised:

Wednesday 7th March, 1.30 – 3 pm, Palais des Nations, Room XXIII, Geneva:  Side Event at the 37th session of UN Human Rights Council on “Reflections towards the UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations with respect to Human Rights” (see the video here)

Wednesday 7th March, 7.15 pm, Uni- Mail, University of Geneva, Room MR290, Boulevard Pont d’Arve, 40, Geneva): Public Conference on the Impact of Transnational Corporations, hosted by CUAE  (Convened by: Conférence Universitaire des Associations d’EtudiantEs (CUAE), TTAC, CADTM, CETIM, CGAS, UNIA, Coordination Climat et Justice Sociale, BADIL, Groupe écosocialiste de solidaritéS,  solidaritéS Jeunes et solidaritéS, Syndicat de Services Publics (SSP), Liste égalitté et équité, and the Global Campaign).

Thursday 8th March, 12 pm, Place des Nations, Geneva: Public demonstration on corporate impunity and in solidarity with Women Struggles (Convened by: ATTAC, CADTM, CETIM, CGAS, Coordination Climat et Justice Sociale, BADIL, Groupe écosocialiste de solidaritéS, Liste égalité et équité, solidaritéS Jeunes et solidaritéS, and the Global Campaign).

May 2018 – July 2018

On June 21st the Global Campaign organised at the UN Palais in Geneva a Side Event on “Transnational Corporations and Human Rights: How to address efficiently the need for judicial mechanisms to ensure access to justice for affected communities”

The Global Campaign members participated in the informal consultations convened by the Ecuadorian Mission on 17th May, 31st May, 14th June, 11th July, 17th July. The following statements were submitted:

October 2018:

In October 2018, in Geneva, the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights will hold its 4th Session. At that occasion, the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity convenes to the: 

Week of Peoples Mobilisation (13-20 October 2018)

See here our programme

See at this link the official programme of the OEIGWG 4th Session

 

Why is the Global Campaign mobilized towards a UN Binding Treaty for Transnational Corporations on Human Rights? The need to confront the Architecture of Impunity

Between transnational corporations, states and peoples, there is an undeniable asymmetry:

• On one hand: with the complicity of states that are in that are interested in guaranteeing that they are “attracting investment”, transnational corporations have been covering themselves with a solid armour made up of free trade and investment protection agreements and their respective sanctioning mechanisms. Institutions such as the International Centre for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) constitute clear examples of the privatisation of justice, as well as any ISDS mechanism.

• On the other hand, violations of human rights and the rights of peoples and nature have become inherent to transnational corporations operations, as well as systematic. But at the international level there is no binding rule for corporations on Human Rights.

The process from 2014 to 2017

In June 2014, the Human Rights Council finally adopted the resolution 26/9 on the elaboration of an International legally binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

This was a historic achievement after decades of discussions and failed attempts within the United Nations. Such a legally binding Instrument is essential for two dimensions of the Global Campaign’s work: to end corporate impunity, and address the systemic power of transnational corporations which has reached unprecedented impacts on the daily lives of affected communities.

In 2015 the Global Campaign was present during the First Meeting of the OEIGWG. Our members prepared several activities in order to pressure governments to keep the process of building a Transnational Corporations Treaty moving forward. We submitted the “8 points: Written Contribution of the Global Campaign to the first session of the IGWG”

In 2016, the Global Campaign again participated actively in the debate at the Second Session of the OEIGWG and facilitated the participation of more than 100 activists, representing unions, peasant organizations, environmental organisations, youth, women, indigenous peoples, migrants and the access to medicines movements. They convened in Geneva to participate in and observe the proceedings within the UN. These activists represented 29 countries and shared their lived experiences in 15 activities both within and outside the formal spaces of the UN. Participants made 40 oral statements in the six panels of the session. We presented 6 concrete proposals for the binding instrument: on the obligations for TNCs, extraterritorial obligations; the instrument of enforcement, the responsibility of TNCs in the global supply chains; the architecture of the global corporate law (International Financial Institutions, the World Trade Organisation and the investment and trade regime); as well as the rights of the affected communities.

In 2017 we also convened to a Week of Peoples Mobilisation from 23rd to 27th October. More than 160 delegates from 80 countries representing social movements, trade unions, and global civil society, including communities affected by the human rights violations of transnational corporations were actively involved that week. We presented our Proposal of Binding Treaty as Global Campaign. Likewise, an advocacy strategy was deployed with the States present (through bilateral meetings, side events and interventions in plenary of representatives of affected communities,networks and movements of the South). Images of the Week can be seen at this link.

The Global Campaign has also supported from 2017 the implementation of a Global Interparliamentary  network in support to the UN Binding Treaty. More information on this initiative.

 

Relevant links at the UNHRC Website:

See at this link the official programme of the OEIGWG 4th Session

Zero Draft of the UN Binding Treaty (published on 20th July 2018 by the OEIGWG)

Advanced edited  report of the Third session (A/HRC/37/67)

Elements for a draft legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (presented by Ecuador)

Report of the Second Session of OEIGWG (January 2017)  

UN information on the Second Session of OEIGWG (October 2016)

Programme of work for the Second Session (draft proposed by the Chair) (October 2016)

UN information on the Mandate of the OEIGWG

 

More information:

Website of the Treaty Alliance

The Real News on the Binding Treaty (including Susan George intervention at the UN in October 2017).

 

Other related mobilisations of the Global Campaign:

June 2016, Geneva: Challeging Corporate Crime and Impunity: affected communities seek Justice  

May 2016, Geneva: Peoples Mobilisation vs. Corporate Impunity converge at the UN  

May 2016, Brussels: How to Hold Transnational Corporations Responsible for Human Rights Violations, Hearing at the European Parliament

Week of Peoples mobilization 2015

Week of Peoples Mobilisation in 2014

 

For more details contact:

campaign @ stopcorporateimpunity.org / m.vargas @ tni.org

Melik Özden, Raffaele Morgantini (contact @ cetim.ch)

Brid Brennan (bridbrennan @ tni.org) / Gonzalo Berrón (gonzalo.berron @ tni.org)

Lucía Ortiz (lucia @ foei.org) / Alberto Villareal (comercioredes @ gmail.com)

 

Contact for the press: soltrumbovila @ tni.org

 

 

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