Binding treaty


At the 26th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, two resolutions were tabled for adoption by the Council.  The first is a resolution drafted by Ecuador and South Africa and signed also by Bolivia, Cuba and Venezuela. It was originally tabled on 19 June, then updated on 24 June 2014. It was supported by 20 countries and directs "to establish an open-ended intergovernmental working group with the mandate to elaborate an international legally binding instrument on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights."  The other is a resolution drafted by Norway and supported by 22 other countries from all regions. It was originally tabled on 12 June, then updated on 17 and 23 June, 2014.  It includes a request that the existing UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights prepare a report considering, among other things, the benefits and limitations of legally binding instruments.  The first session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group took place from 6 to 10 July in Geneva.