second sessions of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights (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. During the
third session, the Working Group discussed elements for a draft legally binding instrument prepared by the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the OEIGWG taking into consideration the discussions held during the first two sessions. During the
fourth session, the Working Group’s discussions focused on a zero draft legally binding instrument, as well as a zero draft optional protocol to be annexed to the zero draft legally binding instrument. During the
fifth session, a revised draft of the legally binding instrument served as the basis for negotiations.
Following the fifth session, the Permanent Mission of Ecuador, on behalf of the Chairmanship of the OEIGWG, prepared a
second revised draft of the legally binding instrument. This draft will serve as the basis for negotiations during the sixth session of the OEIGWG, which is to take place from
26 to 30 October 2020 in Room XX, of the Palais des Nations (with an overflow room available in Room XVIII).
In-person participation is encouraged in light of the
State-led direct substantive intergovernmental negotiations on the preparation of a third draft legally binding instrument during the working group’s sixth session. However, representatives of Member States as well as other stakeholders who are unable to attend the meeting in person will be able to participate remotely. A live webcast (in all UN languages) will be available through
UN Web TV and a
live audio stream will also be accessible.
Information on how to intervene remotely my be found on the
sixth session participation page.
Please regularly consult this webpage, as more information will be posted as it becomes available. If you have any questions, please contact
Several measures must be taken during the sixth session in order to comply with the health and safety rules set by UNOG and Swiss federal and cantonal authorities with regard to combatting the spread of COVID-19.
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 during the session.
Accreditation requirements vary depending on the entity you will be representing. Please consult the
accreditation page to find instructions on how to properly request accreditation based on your designation.
Side-events cannot take place inside the Palais des Nations during the 6th session of the IGWG on TNCs and OBEs. Stakeholders are free to organize virtual side events or events outside of the Palais des Nations. At the request of side event organizers, and at the discretion of the Secretariat, the Secretariat may be able to share side event details on the 6th session website provided:
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 participate in the public meetings of the OEIGWG. Please consult the
participation page for instructions on how to make interventions during the sixth session.
Two informal consultations (see details below) took place, respectively on 29 May and 25th June:
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