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Third session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights

The first and second sessions of the OEIGWG were dedicated to conducting constructive deliberations on the content, scope, nature and form of a future international instrument to regulate, in international human rights law, the activities of transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

The Chairperson-Rapporteur of the OEIGWG has prepared elements for a draft legally binding instrument, taking into consideration the discussions held during the first two sessions.  The third session of the working group will use these draft elements as a basis for substantive negotiations.

This third session will take place from 23-27 October 2017 in Room XX of the Palais des Nations, Geneva.  Interpretation will be provided in the six official United Nations languages.

Webcast of the session is available here

Room XXV and office number E.3056 - E.3058 (located in the corridor behind Room XX) will be at the disposal of NGO delegations for their use during the session.

Please regularly consult this webpage, as more information will be posted in due course.

If you have any questions, please contact igwg-tncs@ohchr.org.


Accreditation Procedure

Only UN Member and Observer States, specialized agencies and other international organizations, national human rights institutions with "A status" accreditation, and NGOs with ECOSOC consultative status may attend and participate in the public meetings of the OEIGWG. Others may be able to access the public gallery or side events during the session.

All registration and accreditation requests must now be made online through UNOG’s Indico system.  Accreditation requirements vary depending on the entity you will be representing.  Please consult the relevant link below to find instructions on how to properly request accreditation:

Side Events

Conference rooms XXII, XXIII, and XXVII are reserved for side events for the duration of the third session and room XXV will also be available on Monday (23 Oct.) and Tuesday (24 Oct.). A table of the side events that will occur during the week is available here.

Side Event Concept Notes:


The Chairmanship of the OEIGWG welcomes written contributions received thus far in the process and invites all interested stakeholders to continue contributing to the preparation for the third session. Information on submitting written contributions may be found here.

Instructions for how to engage orally during the session can be found through this link.