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

Overview

On 26 June 2014, the Human Rights Council adopted resolution 26/9, in 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."

Since, the open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIGWG) has had nine sessions (see history of the process below).

On 28 March 2024, the Chair-Rapporteur shared a proposed draft roadmap towards the 10th session, as well as an invitation to a consultation to receive comments and suggestions on the draft (also available in French and Spanish). The consultation took place on Friday, 12 April 2024 in person in Room XXV of the Palais des Nations from 10-12h. 

Following that discussion, the Chair-Rapporteur made revisions and shared the updated roadmap towards the 10th session of the OEIGWG on 3 May 2024.

In line with the roadmap, a consultation on methodology was held on 23 May 2024, during which the Chair-Rapporteur delivered introductory remarks that included ideas for improving the methodology of the OEIGWG. Any comments can be shared with the Secretariat by 3 June 2024.

In one of the recommendations of the Chair-Rapporteur of the 9th session, the Chair-Rapporteur recommended that OHCHR provide suggestions for legal experts to assist with intersessional, interregional thematic consultations to discuss the draft legally binding instrument (A/HRC/55/59, para 31(e)). Therefore, and on behalf of the Chair-Rapporteur, OHCHR has issued a call for nominations of such legal experts to serve in their personal capacity. Those persons interested are kindly requested to please submit their nominations through this online form by 14 June 2024.

The 10th session of the OEIGWG is set to take place during 21-25 October 2024.

Please regularly consult this webpage, as more information will be posted as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

History of the Process

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, as well as a zero draft optional protocol to be annexed to the zero draft legally binding instrument.

During the fifth session, a revised draft of the legally binding instrument served as the basis for negotiations.

During the sixth session, a second revised draft of the legally binding instrument served as the basis for negotiations.

During the seventh session, a third revised draft of the legally binding instrument served as the basis for negotiations.

During the eighth session, the third revised draft of the legally binding instrument with the textual proposals submitted by States during the seventh session served as the basis for negotiations. Additionally, to help advance discussions during the eighth session, States and non-State stakeholders could also comment on informal contributions presented by the Chair-Rapporteur on select articles of the instrument.

During the ninth session, an updated draft legally binding instrument served as the basis for negotiations.