The right to water: The battle against privatization and deprivation//El derecho al agua: La batalla contra su privación y privatización

Please join us for a panel on transnational corporations' abuse of the human right to water in the forms of privatization, deprivation and contamination. Building connections between communities battling for clean, affordable and accessible public water around the globe, we will discuss the dangerous impact of corporate abuse and offer a way forward to ensure the fulfillment human right to water through the treaty on corporate abuse and human rights under negotiation.

Tuesday/Martes, 25 oct 16, 15:00-16:30

Location: United Nations Plaza, Global Campaign Tent//Plaza de las Naciones, Carpa de la Campaña Global

Panelists will include:

Mariana Jimenez (UDAPT), Abu Sakhr (Stop the Wall), Arturo Pablo Juan (Comunidad de Barillas/CEIBA-Amigos de la Tierra Guatemala), Pablo Fajardo (UDAPT), Susanna Bohme (Corporate Accountability International).

Interpretación/interprétation: EN, ES, FR

Sponsors: Corporate Accountability International, UDAPT, Transnational Institute, Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, Land Defence Coalition, Friends of the Earth International.

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Susanna Rankin Bohme, PhD Associate Research Director Corporate Accountability International 10 Milk Street, Suite 610, Boston, MA 02108 Main: 617-695-2525; Fax: 617-695-2626 sbohme@StopCorporateAbuse.org www.StopCorporateAbuse.org

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The right to water: The battle against privatization and deprivation//El derecho al agua: La batalla contra su privación y privatización

Please join us for a panel on transnational corporations' abuse of the human right to water in the forms of privatization, deprivation and contamination. Building connections between communities battling for clean, affordable and accessible public water around the globe, we will discuss the dangerous impact of corporate abuse and offer a way forward to ensure the fulfillment human right to water through the treaty on corporate abuse and human rights under negotiation.

Tuesday/Martes, 25 oct 16, 15:00-16:30

Location: United Nations Plaza, Global Campaign Tent//Plaza de las Naciones, Carpa de la Campaña Global

Panelists will include:

Mariana Jimenez (UDAPT), Abu Sakhr (Stop the Wall), Arturo Pablo Juan (Comunidad de Barillas/CEIBA-Amigos de la Tierra Guatemala), Pablo Fajardo (UDAPT), Susanna Bohme (Corporate Accountability International).

Interpretación/interprétation: EN, ES, FR

Sponsors: Corporate Accountability International, UDAPT, Transnational Institute, Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, Land Defence Coalition, Friends of the Earth International.

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Susanna Rankin Bohme, PhD Associate Research Director Corporate Accountability International 10 Milk Street, Suite 610, Boston, MA 02108 Main: 617-695-2525; Fax: 617-695-2626 sbohme@StopCorporateAbuse.org www.StopCorporateAbuse.org

*Donate today to challenge corporate abuse! https://org.salsalabs.com/o/2215/p/salsa/donation/common/public/?donate_page_KEY=11067&killorg=True* 4-star Charity Navigator Rating http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6179#.U0gztlca2yI

Positioning the binding treaty on transnational corporations towards protecting the rights of women Human rights defenders and minority constituencies

The rising power and extended reach of corporations in the current era of globalisation and extreme inequality, is an urgent challenge confronting women and oppressed peoples. Corporate power impacts gender justice, women’s rights and lives through its influence on policies that shape the global economy.

After years of constant call from civil society that culminated in the creation of the Treaty Alliance and our joint statement calling for a treaty to address corporate human rights violations, to be established through an open-ended intergovernmental working group, in June 2014, the UN Human Rights Council initiated the journey to negotiate a binding treaty.

AWID and WILPF are part of the Treaty Alliance and would like to share and hear what a feminist treaty on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with regards to Human Rights would look like.

Organisers: AWID and WILPF

Panelists

Moderator: Patita Tingoi – AWID

Speakers:

  • Maria Munoz – WILPF
  • Emem Okon – Niger Delta
  • Maria Eugenia – Ecuador
  • Annie Matundu Mbambi – WILPF DRC

*This is an event of the AWID Forum: Costa do Saouípe, Bahia, Brazil 8-11 September 2016 *

*http://forum2016.awid.org/home *

Date: 11 September

Time: 11:00am – 12:30pm

Place: Premium – Semente de Cacu 1-3

Plans, Activities and Events for the 2nd IGWG Session - Oct 24-28

1.     Mobilization

 1a. Mobilization at regional and national level

Get inspired by, and share with others, the CSO Treaty advocacy activities already taking place in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe! 

 1b. Mobilization in Geneva

Treaty Alliance members are preparing for a week of mobilization in Geneva, with participation and oral statements in the 2nd IGWG session, case studies, side events, parallel events, media events.  An update will be shared in September.

 Written contributions for the IGWG session: Deadline 1 September. 

Word limit for non-ECOSOC accredited organizations: 2.000 words.

Language: One of the official UN languages.

https://business-humanrights.org/sites/default/files/documents/160708_Call%20for%20inputs_Stakeholders.pdf

 Accreditation: Information should be available early September.  See the 2015 note for NGOs:

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/WGTransCorp/Session1/Pages/InfoNoteNGOs.aspx

 Side events: In 2015, the deadline for proposals for side events was 2 weeks before the session.  This year it may be earlier, as the deadline for written contributions is earlier.

 Some references from 2015:

-       List of official side events (See “Documentation / Parallel Events”):

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/WGTransCorp/Pages/Session1.aspx

-       Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power, Week of mobilization programme:

http://www.stopcorporateimpunity.org/peoples-mobilizations-for-a-un-treaty-on-tncs-inside-and-outside-the-unhrc/

1c. Communications

Treaty Alliance members are working to strengthen and share communications efforts.

Check the latest initiatives on the Treaty Alliance website sections, “News,” “Events,” “Get More Involved.”  www.treatymovement.com

Treaty Alliance Newsletter (coming soon)

Treaty Alliance leaflet (under development)

Twitter hashtag: #Stopcorporateabuse

2.     Participation by governments

We continue to work for constructive engagement by the broadest number of governments possible, this will be very important to support the process.

 The updated Questions & Answers document can help in answering both questions and concerns from governments about the Treaty process. (Available upon request)

Reference from 2015: Here you can find a list of the States who attended the frst IGWG session: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/WGTransCorp/Pages/Session1.aspx

(Report A/HRC/31/50 of the 1st IGWG session, Section II.b) https://documents-dds-ny.un.org/doc/UNDOC/GEN/G16/018/22/PDF/G1601822.pdf?OpenElement

3.     IGWG session work programme

As stated in the IGWG mandate, during its 2nd session discussions will continue on the principles, scope and content of the Treaty. 

(Negotiations will start during the 3rd session in 2017, when a text is expected to be presented). 

It is likely that the work programme will continue to address the issues present in the 1st session: 

-       Scope: Coverage of the Instrument: TNCs and other Business Enterprises: concepts and legal nature in International Law

-       Scope : Human rights to be covered under the Instrument with respect to activities of TNCs and other business enterprises

-       Content: Obligations of States to guarantee the respect of human rights by TNCs and other business enterprises, including extraterritorial obligations

-       Content: Enhancing the responsibility of TNCs and other business enterprises to respect human rights, including prevention, mitigation and remediation

-       Content: Legal liability of TNCs and other business enterprises: What standard for corporate legal liability and for what conduct?

-       Content: Building National and international mechanisms for access to remedy, including international judicial cooperation, with respect to human rights violations by TNCs and other business enterprises. -The OHCHR accountability and remedy project

The provisional agenda should be available early September.

Reference from 2015: Here you can find the programme of work of the 1st IGWG session. http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/WGTransCorp/Session1/Agenda_EN.pdf

http://www.ohchr.org/Documents/HRBodies/HRCouncil/WGTransCorp/Session1/PoW.pdf

In 2015, the session was webcast on UN TV.  We do not know yet if this will again be the case.

4.     Shaping the treaty

During the 1st session, participating States mainly asked questions to the expert panels on the above topics.  During the 2nd session, States will be increasingly encouraged to express their views. 

Treaty Alliance sign-on political statement in support of the Treaty process (under development)

Treaty Alliance statement on Corporate Capture, May 2016 (available on Treaty Alliance website)

http://www.treatymovement.com/

Joint statement by the Treaty Alliance to the 1st IGWG session (available on website) http://www.treatymovement.com/statement/

 

Resource library: Collection of resources from Treaty Alliance members (under development)

Some references from 2016:

-       May 2016, ESCR-Net and FIDH Treaty Initiative briefs for consultation:

https://www.escr-net.org/news/2016/you-design-the-treaty

Some references from 2015:

-       July 2015, 1st IGWG session

o    Report A/HRC/31/50 of the 1st IGWG sessionhttp://ap.ohchr.org/documents/dpage_e.aspx?si=A/HRC/31/50

o    Contributions by legal experts and civil society groups http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/HRC/WGTransCorp/Session1/Pages/WrittenContributions.aspx

-       November 2015, South Centre newsletter covering the 1st IGWG session

http://www.southcentre.int/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/SB87-88_EN.pdf

Questions?  Contact treatymovement@gmail.com

Panel discussion in El Salvador on July 4th on the UN process towards a Binding Treaty on Business and Human Rights

CESTA-FoE El Salvador's invitarion to a panel discussion on July 4th on the UN process towards a Binding Treaty on TNCs (and other business enterprises) and Human Rights.

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Objective: To know and discuss the process of drafting the United Nations Treaty on Business and Human Rights, in order to encourage social sectors to support the development of the treaty.

Date: Monday, July 4 Time: 8:00 to 12:00 Location: CESTA San Marcos

Invitation to public consultation on South African perspectives on the proposed treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

South African perspectives on the proposed treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

                Tuesday 5 July 2016, 13h00 – 16h00
            University of Pretoria Law Faculty, Moot Court room
                    40 Duxbury Rd, Pretoria
                    RSVP to anna@lrc.org.za <mailto:anna@lrc.org.za>

Side event on environmental crimes and systemic Human Rights violations by Transnational Corporations

Wednesday, July 8, 1:15 – 2.45 pm, Room IX, Palais des Nations, Geneva

Friends of the Earth International

Ensuring the first session of the IGWG on Human Rights, TNCs and other Business addresses environmental crimes and systemic human rights violations by Transnational Corporations (TNCs), the impact they have on affected communities and ecosystems, as well as the legal possibilities to bring TNCs to court for these crimes.

Speakers Include: Godwin Ojo – ERA-Friends of the Earth Nigeria: environmental crimes by oil corporations in Nigeria and Wilmar's operations in Nigeria

Tcheena Maso – MAB/La Via Campesina: standing for new rights: the need to define "affected peoples” and their rights

Ricardo Navarro – CESTA-Friends of the Earth El Salvador: systemic violations by transnational corporations and climate change

Irhash Ahmady – WALHI-Friends of the Earth Indonesia: responsibility of Wilmar financiers on palm oil sector and deforestation in Indonesia and Indonesian mobilisation on the Treaty

Rania Madi – Badil/Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power: corporate complicity in violations of International law/ Mekorot water

Juliette Renaud – Friends of the Earth France: on French corporations crimes abroad and the French law to hold corporations to account

Moderators: Anne Van Schaik – Friends of the Earth Europe and Alberto Viallarreal – Friends of the Earth Latin America and Caribbean

The Impact of Transnational Corporations and the need for International Regulation from the Perspective of Social Movements

SIDE EVENT TO THE IGWG ON HUMAN RIGHTS, TNCS AND OTHER BUSINESSES

Tuesday, 7 July, 2015 1:00 - 3:00 pm, Room XXIV

Interpretation in English and Spanish will be available. Sandwiches & beverages will be served.

Ensuring that diverse social movements affected by the activities of TNCs and other businesses bring their views, perspectives, and proposals to the debates to be held during the first session of the IGWG on Human Rights, TNCs and other Businesses.

Featuring:

  • Binalakshmi Nepram - Northeast India Women Initiative for Peace, India

  • Taina Hedman - CITI

  • Jaybee Garganera - ATM/Tampakan Forum, Philipines

  • Nthavela Themba - La Via Campesina

  • Manuela Mesa - WILPF, Spain

  • Pablo Arturo Sanchez de Francesch - GRUFIDES, Cajamarca, Peru Moderated by: Lida Lhotska - IBFAN

Indonesia Treaty Alliance Side Event: MIFEE and Corporate Crimes - "Grabbing Ancestral Land for Corporate Profit"

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CASE IN PAPUA

*MIFEE And Corporate Crimes: *

“Grabbing Ancestral Land for Corporate Profit”

Thursday, 9 July 2015, 13:00 – 15:00

Palais des nations, Room XXIV

*The meeting will start with a short film on MIFEE * Light lunch will be provided

The Government of Indonesia launched the MIFEE program (*Merauke Integrated Food Estate and Energy*) in Papua as producer of food for Indonesia. It is planned as the biggest food estate in Asia, covering a total area of 1.2 million hectares. A large portion of this land consists of primary forests, savannah, and swamplands, which serve as the areas of hunting and food gathering of the Papuan indigenous peoples. The implementation of MIFEE has resulted in serious human rights violations that done by Corporations and certified by the state. This include the alienation of Papuan indigenous peoples from their environment and they have been expelled from their indigenous territories where they live in for generations.

*The purpose of the side event is to: *

  • *Bring the MIFEE issue to the global arena and make a specific link with Corporate Crime *

  • *Provide a clearer picture corporate crime in order to management of natural resources and cause poverty and violence against humanitarian*

  • Make the link with *the problems in Indonesia and the need for a binding treaty at the UN on Businesses* and Human Rights

Panelist

Ms. Rachmi Hertanti: Indonesia for Global Justice, Indonesia Focal Point

Mr. Wensislaus Fatubun: Indigenous Papuan HR Defender

Mr. Dominic Renfrey: ESCR-Net, Treaty Alliance

*Ms. Diana Aguero: *TNI, Global Campaign To Dismantle Corporate Power Moderator Mr. Budi Tjahjono: Franciscans International

Organised by: *Indonesian Focal Point for Human Rights Treaty Initiative: * Indonesia for Global Justice - Indonesian Human Rights Committee for Social Justice (IHCS) - Mining Advocacy Network (JATAM) - Institute for Policy Research and Advocacy (ELSAM) - People's Coalition For The Right To Water Indonesia (KRuHA) – Pusaka – Indonesia Peasant Union - Sawit Watch – Bina Desa - Peoples Coalition for Fisheries Justice (KIARA) - International NGO Forum on Indonesian Development (INFID) – WALHI – KontraS – Publish What You Pay (PWYP) – Indonesia Peasant Alliance – Woman Solidarity. With the support of Franciscans International. --

-- Rachmi Hertanti Indonesia for Global Justice