Fourth session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

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The first and second sessions of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (OEIGWG) were dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of a future international instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.  During the third session, the Working Group discussed elements for a draft legally binding instrument prepared by the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the OEIGWG taking into consideration the discussions held during the first two sessions.

Based on these previous sessions, as well as a series of open informal consultations held in 2018, the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, has prepared a zero draft legally binding instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises, as well as a zero draft optional protocol to be annexed to the zero draft legally binding instrument. The fourth session of the Working Group will use this draft as a basis for negotiations.

This fourth session of the OEIGWG will take place on 15-19 October 2018 in Room XX of the Palais des Nations in Geneva.  Interpretation will be provided in the six official United Nations languages.

Please regularly consult this webpage, as more information will be posted as it becomes available.  If you have any questions, please contact igwg-tncs@ohchr.org

Accreditation

Only UN Member and Observer States, specialized agencies and other international organizations, national human rights institutions with "A status" accreditation, and NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status may attend and participate in the public meetings of the OEIGWG. Others may be able to access the public gallery or side events during the session.

Accreditation requirements vary depending on the entity you will be representing.  Please consult the accreditation page to find instructions on how to properly request accreditation based on your designation.

Side Events

Conference rooms are reserved for side events for the duration of the fourth session.  Entities entitled to attend and participate in the public meetings of the OEIGWG may also make proposals for side events of relevance to the work of the OEIGWG.  Please note that while we will do our best to accommodate all proposals, we remain subject to certain time and space limitations.

Please submit proposals for side events by 1 October 2018 through this online form.

Guests of side event organizers can find information on how to get access to the event through the fourth session accreditation page.

Intersessional Consultations

During the intersessional period between the third and fourth sessions, the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, held a series of consultations both on process and on substance.

Open Consultations: Invitation to a series of open consultations on the implementation of resolution 26/9: English | French | Spanish

Ambassadorial Meeting: Note Verbale regarding the meeting

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