Mobilization Binding Treaty 2018

The Intergovernmental Working Group of the United Nations Human Rights Council that is negotiating a Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and Human Rights is holding its fourth session in Geneva, Switzerland. In the process that started in 2014, this is the first time negotiations are taking place based on a specific text, known as the “Draft Zero”. Several social movements and organizations are present in Geneva to mobilize and push in favor of the new treaty. Real World Radio is covering the official negotiations and the mobilizations, actions and parallel activities carried out by social movements.


The process continues

The resolutions and conclusions of the Intergovernmental Working Group submitted by Luis Gallegos, permanent representative of Ecuador at the UN and chair of the negotiations, were approved, but the representatives of the European Union were the only ones there who did not agree with the conclusions. Now the chair will  … Read more

4th session of negotiations for a legally binding treaty ends

The European Union disengaged with this process despite the pressure of civil society and the constructive engagement of all countries in all other regions of the world, but we know that with or without the EU we are going to have the 5th session,” Lucia Ortiz, Economic Justice Program Coordinator at Friends  … Read more

Close to the victims

“As Friends of the Earth International (FOEI), we are here (at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva) because we are working with communities, and those communities are affected by transnationals corporations, so we need a Binding Treaty to hold accountable those transnationals which violated human rights”, said Kwami Kpondzo, from  … Read more

Access to Justice

Mageswari Sangaralingam, member of SAM – Friends of the Earth Malaysia, warned on Friday that in Asia there are communities affected by corporate crimes, and that the victims, especially of transnational corporations, don´t have access to justice. “So where do you go to access justice if there is a problem  … Read more

African priorities

“The purpose of this treaty (on transnational corporations and human rights) is to fill the loophole that we have in international law that transnational corporations, because of their structures and the impunity with which they operate, are not held accountable for the violations they do throughout their supply chain”, said  … Read more

A question of life or death

Activist Alejandra Porras, of COECOCEIBA – Friends of the Earth Costa Rica, said on Thursday in Geneva, at the UN headquarters in that city, that in Latin America there is “a wave of international treaties that confer many benefits to companies, and this gives way to looting, criminalization and prosecution  … Read more

“The European Commission is the most obscure power of all”

MEP Lola Sánchez, of Podemos Party, Spain, said this Monday in Geneva (Switzerland) that the head of the European Union delegation at  the UN negotiations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights, Jérôme Bellion-Jourdan, “does not represent us, because he doesn´t have an official mandate”. “We really  … Read more

Free Palestine

The Global Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power held on Tuesday a workshop in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of the mobilizations for a binding treaty on transnational corporations and human rights, focused on Israeli security technologies, strategies and companies used against the Palestinian people and also distributed throughout the world. Real  … Read more

Annual Global Campaign week kicks off with huge procession in Geneva

This year’s annual Global Campaign week was launched on Sunday 13th October 2018 at the UN square in Geneva, Switzerland with a huge procession in the European city. The launch of the campaign, also known as the Week of Peoples Mobilization, was attended by representatives of the Global Inter-Parliamentary network, affected  … Read more