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Civil society proposal for the Conclusions and Recommendations of the Report of the 4th session of the OEIGWG

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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

This week, we have witnessed a landmark moment in the UN Human Rights Council. States have begun negotiating the text of the UN treaty on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights.

This represents important progress for the countless communities, workers, and survivors who have struggled for decades to protect their human rights from violations and abuses by transnational corporations and other business enterprises.

On Friday the 19th of October 2018, the OEIGWG will adopt its report of this session, with recommendations and conclusions for moving the process forward. As civil society organisations, we look forward to the report, and recommend the following elements be included:

● An explicit commitment to continue with the 5th OEIGWG session, and as many subsequent sessions of the OEIGWG as are needed to elaborate an ambitious legally binding instrument;

Informal intersessional consultations, guaranteeing meaningful civil society participation;

National consultations, guaranteeing civil society participation;

Publication of a strengthened Draft One based on inputs and comments made on the Zero Draft and during the previous sessions, including the critical inputs made by civil society and affected communities throughout the process;

● A reasonable timeline for additional written submissions by states and civil society on the zero draft.

Last year at the end of the 3rd session, valuable time and energy was wasted by attempts to hold up the process. We call on all States to support the conclusions of the 4th session in view of advancing the negotiations until a bold and ambitious legally binding instrument is adopted.


1. Action Solidarité Tiers Monde - Luxembourg
2. ActionAid France
3. ActionAid International
4. African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)
5. Afrika Kontakt, Denmark
6. Aid for social protection programme Foundation Vietnam (AFV)
7. Amigos/as da Terra Brasil / Friends of the Earth Brazil
8. Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth France
9. Asia Pacific Forum on Women, Law and Development (APWLD)
10. Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID)
11. Attac Austria
12. Attac Denmark
13. BELA - Friends of the Earth Bangladesh
14. Brot für die Welt
16. CCFD-Terre Solidaire
17. Center for International Environmental Law
18. Centre for Natural Resource Governance Zimbabwe
19. Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO)
20. CIDSE (International family of Catholic social justice organisations)
21. Clean Clothes Campaign International Office
22. CNPCT (Brazilian National Council of Traditional Peoples and Communities)
23. Collectif Ethique sur l’étiquette (France)
24. Commission Justice et Paix Belgique
25. Confederación Sindical de las Américas (CSA/TUCA)
26. Conselho Indigenista Missionário (CIMI)
27. CorA - Corporate Accountability: Netzwerk für Unternehmensverantwortung
28. Corporate Accountability International
29. CPT Piauí (Brazil)
30. Democracy Center
31. Democratic Governance And Human Rights Advocates (DEGHA), Zambia
32. Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN)
33. DKA Austria
34. Ekologistak Martxan
35. Ecologistas en Acción, Spain
36. ESCR-Net - International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
37. European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)
38. FIAN Brazil
39. FIAN Burkina Faso
40. FIAN Germany
41. FIAN International
42. FIAN Switzerland
43. FIDH, member of Treaty Alliance
44. France Amérique Latine (FAL)
45. Franciscans International
46. Friends of the Earth Europe
47. Friends of the Earth Germany (BUND)
48. Friends of the Earth Ghana
49. Friends of the Earth International
50. Friends of the Earth Latin America and Caribbean (ATALC)
51. Friends of the Earth Malaysia (Sahabat Alam Malaysia)
52. Friends of the Earth (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)
53. Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity
54. Global Justice Now UK
55. Global Policy Forum (GPF)
56. Green Scenery, Sierra Leone
57. HAND Association
58. HOMA - Centro de Direitos Humanos e Empresas
59. International Association of Democratic Lawyers (IADL)
60. International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
61. Justiça Ambiental / Friends of the Earth Mozambique
62. Justicia i Pau
63. La Vía Campesina Internacional
64. Labour Behind the Label (UK)
65. Lafede.cat - Organitzacions per a la Justícia Global
66. Legal Rights & Natural Resources Center - Friends of the Earth Philippines
67. Les Amis de la Terre Togo
68. Malden Affected Landowners and Land users Association, Sierra Leone
70. Movimento dos Atingidos e das Atinas por Barragem (MAB/Brazil)
71. National Society of Conservationists - Friends of the Earth Hungary
72. NaZemi (Czech Republic)
73. Network Social Responsibility, Austria (Netzwerk Soziale Verantwortung, NeSoVe)
74. NOAH Friends of the Earth Denmark
75. Novact - Institut Internacional per l’ Acció No Violenta
76. Observatori Drets Humans i Empreses a la Mediterrània
77. Plataforma Boliviana Frente al Cambio Climático
78. Pro Natura / Friends of the Earth Switzerland
79. Red Latinoamericana por el Acceso a Medicamentos (RedLAM)
80. Sahabat Alam Malaysia - Friends of the Earth Malaysia
81. SETEM Catalunya
82. Sherpa
83. Society for International Development (SID)
84. SUDS - Associació Internacional de Solidaritat i Cooperació
85. SÜDWIND e.V. - Institut für Ökonomie und Ökumene
86. Sustainable Development Initiative / Friends of the Earth Liberia
87. Towards Sustainability Association
88. Transnational Institute (TNI)
89. Treaty Alliance
90. TROCA - Plataforma por um Comércio Internacional Justo (Portugal)
91. Trócaire
92. Union syndicale Solidaires (France)
93. Verein SÜDWIND Entwicklungspolitik, Austria
94. WEED - World Economy, Ecology & Development e.V.
95. WoMin Alliance
96. World March of Women-Philippines
97. Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association

Read the Statement in English and Spanish here.

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