The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights held its first session from 16 - 20 December, including an introductory exchange with NGOs.
The Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises held its first session in Geneva last week, during which its five independent experts [were to] determine the Group's key thematic priorities and activities.
- Nadia Bernaz, Middlesex Univ. Human Rights & Business Programme (UK) [DOC]
- Berne Declaration, European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights [DOC]
- CSR Europe [PDF]
- DCAF (Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces) [DOC]
- Global Network Initiative [PDF]
- Intl. Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion & Protection of Human Rights [DOC]
- Intl. Federation of Human Rights (FIDH) [DOC]
- Intl. Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) [PDF] - see also Briefing note for UN Working Group: "Indigenous peoples and transnational corporations and other business enterprises", prepared by IWGIA, RAIPON (Russian Association of Indigenous Peoples of the North), Indigenous Peoples' Links (PIPlinks), CODPI, Almáciga
- Latin American Mining Monitoring Programme [DOC]
- OECD Watch [PDF]
You can also view the list of written submissions sent prior to the meeting.
Children's rights particpation
Child rights advocates have an important role to play in ensuring children's rights are high on the agenda in the coming months of the Working Group's work, especially due to the disappointing lack of focus on children's rights in the Guiding Principles.
We will be following the progress of the Working Group in the coming months.
- Read more about the new Working Group
- Read the Guiding Principles
- Read more about the process and NGO criticism
- Read CRIN's statement lamenting the lack of focus on children
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Last updated 26/01/2012 11:56:14