Today, the UN Human Rights Council discussed the
report by the Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG)  regarding a binding
treaty on business and human rights. Civil society organisations and countries,
including the EU, supported the presentation and called for the continuation of
the process. This means the 4th session of the IGWG will take place in October,
Anne van Schaik, corporate accountability campaigner
at Friends of the Earth Europe said: "We welcome the EU’s statement on the UN treaty. Thanks
to pressure by civil society, affected people and many UN member states, the UN
treaty is very much alive and will soon ensure justice for all people who have
been victims of corporate crimes."
On the position of France, Juliette Renaud,
corporate accountability campaigner at Amis de la Terre/Friends of the Earth
France commented: "Pushed by a strong mobilisation of civil society
and almost 250 French parliamentarians, France’s commitment must be reinforced
through concrete content proposals for an ambitious first draft of the treaty,
in line with the pioneering French law on multinationals' duty of vigilance.
Northern countries, home of many transnational corporations, should be
proactive in the creation of a UN treaty."
Rolf Schipper, campaign leader at
Milieudefensie/Friends of the Earth Netherlands said: "We are happy that Minister Sigrid Kaag
advocated for Human Rights in the Dutch Parliament and that the Netherlands
will continue to push the UN Treaty negotiations, including the 4th meeting of
the Intergovernmental Working Group."
In June 2018 the Chair-Rapporteur will present the
draft treaty. The next session of the IGWG will take place October 15 - 19 in
 Official website of the Intergovernmental Working
Group on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect
to human rights: