News from United Nations:
Extension Expected for Submissions to UN Treaty Mtg
Although not confirmed on their webpage, the Treaty Alliance has been informed that the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) will extend the deadline for receiving written submissions in the lead up to the second meeting of the UN Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group on Transnational Corporations and Other Business Enterprises (IGWG). The deadline was September 1st and is now expected to be September 30th. We will update this information as we receive it.
For further information on the details of making submissions, or general information on the second session of the IGWG, please see the IGWG webpage at the OHCHR.
Treaty Alliance Adopts New Position:
UN Treaty Must Address Corporate Capture
The Treaty Alliance has called on civil society organisations (CSOs) everywhere to take action to combat corporate capture. At the recent treaty Alliance gathering in Brazil they particularly called on CSOs to demand that the forthcoming United Nations (UN) binding treaty contain strong provisions that prohibit the interference of corporations in the process of forming and implementing laws and policies, as well as administering justice, at all national and international levels.
Read the full statement here.
What is the Treaty Alliance?
An alliance of committed networks and campaign groups around the world are joining to collectively help organise advocacy activities in support of developing a binding international instrument to address human rights abuses committed by transnational corporations and other business enterprises.
Some of the groups involved include: CETIM, CIDSE, Dismantle Corporate Power Campaign, ESCR-Net, FIAN, FIDH, Franciscans International, Friends of the Earth International, IBFAN-GIFA, Indonesia Global Justice, International Commission of Jurists, Legal Resources Center, PAN AP, Transnational Institute, TUCA