More Than 300 Civil Society Organizations From 73 Countries Urge Real Reform at United Nations Discussions on Corporate Investor Rights
Vienna – More than 300 civil society groups and trade unions – including global organizations such as CIDSE, Public Services International, Friends of the Earth International, and ActionAid – urged governments participating in United Nations meetings in Vienna this week to completely overhaul the controversial Investor-State Dispute Settlement (ISDS) system contained within many international trade and investment agreements.
With a powerful appeal signed by six presidents of continental bishops’ conferences, leaders of the Catholic Church call government leaders to take ambitious and immediate action to tackle and over-come the devastating effects of the climate crisis.
This week has been a milestone in advancing negotiations of the open-ended intergovernmental working group (OEIGWG) for the elaboration of an International Legally Binding Instrument on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to human rights, also known as the Binding Treaty.
Civil society proposal for the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Report of the 4th session of the OEIGWG
Civil society members of the Treaty Alliance, The Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity, and Trade Unions proposal for the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Report of the 4th session of the OEIGWG
EU civil society organisations call on the EU to contribute substantively to the negotiations on the Zero Draft Treaty on Business and Human Rights
Today civil society groups from the EU member states have gathered at the UN in Geneva to support the Intergovernmental Working Group tasked with developing a binding instrument to ensure that businesses respect human rights. Last year valuable time and energy was wasted by attempts to hold up the process. We look forward to being able to get to grips with the real challenges, in the light of the very real dangers that communities, workers, activists and human rights defenders face now if they challenge business interests.