From 13-20 October 2018, the fourth session of the Open-ended Intergovernmental Working Group to draft a binding treaty to regulate multinationals and other businesses will be held in Geneva. Since the approval of the resolution by the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in 2014, the mobilization of organizations and social movements around this process has expanded greatly, and another week of peoples mobilization will take place in Geneva during the session.
As determined in the last session, the President of the Working Group will present the recently published Zero Draft of the UN Binding Treaty for discussion. Therefore, all those in favor of the adoption of a binding treaty will give continuity to the engagement in Geneva, highlighting the role of companies in the violation of rights.
To collaborate with the mobilization, health movements, international NGOs and health experts have come together to denounce how transnational corporations have been for violations of the right to health. Building on a health workshop held during the 2017 week pf people’s mobilization, a team around Pedro Villardi, ABIA/GTPI invites to an open civil society debate on the role of companies in undermining the health of populations and communities. Find the announcement enclosed.
The Civil society open debate on 18 October aims to show the work of organizations fighting human rights violations by TNCs in the field of health and to support the development of binding instrument, by analyzing if the Zero Draft provides or not tools to face those violations committed by TNCs.
Although a G2H2 working group on “Global health and corporate power” that organized the health workshop during the 2017 week of peoples mobilization has not succeeded to operate since then in a continuous way, it is great to see that civil society colleagues are still active and move the debate forward. So the G2H2 secretariat is happy to support the 2018 event as co-organizer.