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


At its 26th session, on 26 June 2014, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 26/9 by which it decided “to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights, whose mandate shall be to elaborate an international legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.”

The Human Rights Council also decided that the first two sessions of the open-ended intergovernmental working group “shall be dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of the future international instrument.”

Following its first session, which was held from 6 to 10 July 2015, the open-ended intergovernmental working group presented its report to the Council at its thirty-first session (please see the report A/HRC/31/50).

The second session will take place from 24-28 October 2016, also in the Palais des Nations, Geneva (room TBC).

NEW - see the Chair´s proposed draft Programme of Work for the Second Session.

Further information concerning the participation modalities for the second session will be made available in due course. Please note that the accreditation process is expected to remain similar to that which applied for the first session (kindly refer to the Information Note for NGOs for the 1st session).

Please find here the call for inputs (deadline: 1 September 2016) (IMPORTANT NOTICE - DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 30 SEPTEMBER 2016)

NEW - Parallel Meetings/Side-events

Accredited NGOs may organize parallel events of relevance to the work of the OEIWG, in line with the principles and objectives of the Council, Res. 5/1.

Side events will only take place from 13h00 to 15h00 each day. Room-booking request forms are available at: room request form.

The deadline for receipt of completed room request forms is 10 October 2016. Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate all proposals, we remain subject to certain time and space limitations.

NGOs are requested to provide the Secretariat of the OEIWG with a complete list of guests and expert speakers at least 48 hours prior to the day of the meeting. Accordingly, for those not already accredited to attend the main OEIW session, “Parallel Event” badges will be issued on the day of the scheduled event, at the “Pregny Gate” security entrance, upon presentation of a valid identification paper.

Please be advised that the Secretariat does not provide interpretation for NGO parallel events. NGOs may bring their own interpreters, if they so wish, and inform the Secretariat of the OEIWG accordingly ahead of time. The use of cameras/videos during parallel events is not encouraged. Only journalists and camera-people accredited on a yearly basis with UNOG are allowed to use camera and video equipment.