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"Brazil will engage with group to establish treaty on businesses and human rights" Friends of the Earth International

Brazil's government outlined its plans to engage with an intergovernmental working group (IGWG) to develop a binding treaty on business and human rights. Three governmental bodies, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Secretary on Human Rights of the Presidency (which has ministry status) are involved in shaping Brazil's national positions ahead of July's meeting of the IGWG in Geneva. Brazil abstained in last year's vote to establish an IGWG to elaborate a binding treaty for businesses and human rights. Friends of the Earth International, part of the Treaty Alliance, will send a delegation to Geneva in July 2015 to continue building support for the treaty and to lobby members of the IGWG.