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

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This page describes how interventions are to take place during the sixth session of the OEIGWG. See more detailed guidance note on participation.

Who is allowed to intervene

States, specialized agencies and other international organizations, national human rights institutions, and non-governmental organizations with ECOSOC consultative status are allowed to intervene, in that order.

All members of the public will be able to watch the session through the webcast available on UN Web TV  and listen to the live audio stream.

When and how to sign up to make an intervention

All stakeholders who plan on making an oral intervention, including those attending the meeting in person, should let the Secretariat know as soon as possible. The list of speakers will close 24 hours before the meeting in which the respective discussion is scheduled to start.*

To make a request to intervene, all those entitled to speak should send an email to igwg-intervention@ohchr.org, copying speeches@un.org, with the following information:

  • The session during which the oral intervention is to take place: e.g., “Tuesday morning, covering articles 3 and 4”
  • How the intervention will take place: The three options (see further information below) are:
    • in person delivery,
    • remotely through Webex, or
    • through a pre-recorded video message.
  • The type of stakeholder speaking: e.g., State, specialized agency, IGO, NHRI, or NGO
  • Name of the State or organization(s): noting if it is a joint statement
  • Name of the speaker
  • A copy of the oral statement: please note if you do not want the statement posted on the website

**After the list of speakers has been closed for a session, participants may still signal their desire to intervene by sending an email with the above information to igwg-intervention@ohchr.org, including in the email’s subject: “Urgent request for the floor.” States may raise their placard at any time to request the floor.

How interventions will take place

Interventions may be made in one of three ways:

  • In person in Room XX: Note, access to Room XX will be limited to one person per delegation.
  • Through WebEx: Those on the list of speakers who have indicated they will intervene via WebEx will receive an email 30 minutes before the start of the session in which they will intervene with a WebEx link (not to be shared) and instructions.
    • Speakers are requested to join the WebEx platform 15 minutes before their intervention.
    • Interventions may be delivered in any UN language; however, the audio feed when listening to the session through WebEx will be in English. Thus, for non-English speakers, it is recommended that the session be viewed through UN Web TV (which has all UN languages), and that the WebEx link be used solely for the intervention.
    • Guidance on the use of WebEx
  • Through a pre-recorded video statement: Video statements must be sent to igwg-intervention@ohchr.org at least 12 hours before the session in which the video is to be played.

Although the list of speakers will be generated based on the time of inscription, for technical and timing reasons, interventions will be ordered according to how the intervention will take place. For each category of stakeholder, the order of interventions will be: in-person, WebEx, video statements.

Rules governing interventions

Interventions during the sixth session will be subject to strict time limits:

  • States (and regional organizations): 5 minutes maximum
  • All other stakeholders: 2 minutes maximum
    • Joint statements: If a statement is made jointly between two organizations entitled to speak (e.g., two NGOs with ECOSOC status), the time limit will be 3 minutes maximum

Abusive or disrespectful language or derogatory and inflammatory remarks by any participant will not be tolerated during the session. All participants should ensure that a sense of respect and tolerance permeates the discussion.


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