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 in a vote 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 44 co-sponsors and adopted by consensus by all regions. It was originally tabled on 12 June, then updated on 17 and 23 June 2014.  The first session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group (IGWG) took place from 6 to 10 July 2015 in Geneva.  The second session took place from 24 to 28 October 2016.

The report of the second IGWG meeting will be presented at the UN Human Rights Council on 10 March 2017.