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. During the
fourth session, the Working Group’s discussions focused on 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 Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, prepared a
revised draft legally binding instrument based on these previous sessions, as well as other activities of, and inputs received by, the Chairmanship (see
A/HRC/40/48, para. 91(b)). This revised draft will serve as the basis for direct substantive intergovernmental negotiations during the fifth session of the OEIGWG, to be held from
14 to 18 October 2019, in Geneva.
The session will be webcast live at
Please regularly consult this webpage, as more information will be posted as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact
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.
Conference rooms XXII, XXIII, and XXIV are reserved for side events during the fifth session. Please consult
the table of side events to see when and where each side event will take place.
Guests of side event organizers can find information on how to get access to the event through the fifth session accreditation page.
Side event flyers and concept notes: Monday, 14 Oct. – Room XXIII – Global Policy Forum –
Concept noteTuesday, 15 Oct. – Room XXIII – Christian Aid –
Concept note -
FlyerTuesday, 15 Oct. – Room XXIV – Franciscans International –
FlyerFriday, 18 Oct. – Room XXII – Docip -
During each segment of the Programme of Work, there will be time for discussion, during which States, specialized agencies, intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions, and non-governmental organizations (with ECOSOC status) will be allowed to intervene, in that order. In order to speak, specialized agencies, IGOs, NHRIs, and NGOs are requested to send an email to email@example.com with the following information:
should be sent during the session preceding the one the organization intends to speak at. As with the Human Rights Council, the order of the speakers will be prioritized based on when the request was made. Speaking slots will depend on the number of requests received and the time allocated under the Programme of Work (subject to adjustment due to time management).Please note:
During the intersessional period between the fourth and fifth sessions, the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, held a series of open informal consultations with Governments, regional groups, intergovernmental organizations, United Nations mechanisms, civil society and other relevant stakeholders, as one of the bases for the preparation of the revised draft legally binding instrument. Information on these consultations is as follows:
The themes for these consultations.
An informal consultation on the Updated Draft Programme of Work for the 5th session also took place from 10:00 to 11:30 on Wednesday, 9 October in room XXIV at Palais des Nations.
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