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 open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIGWG) has had five sessions so far. Ahead of the
fifth session, the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, released
a revised draft legally binding instrument on business activities and human rights. The revised draft served as the basis for direct substantive intergovernmental negotiations during the
fifth session of the OEIGWG, which was held from
14 to 18 October 2019, in Geneva.
The report of the fifth session is available here.
The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights presents its compliments to all Permanent and Observers Missions to the United Nations Office in Geneva, specialized agencies, other intergovernmental organizations, national human rights institutions and non-governmental organizations and has the honour to inform of the following:
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