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Daniel UribeKinda pic 2010The Third Session of the open-ended intergovernmental working group on a legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and

other business enterprises with respect to human rights is taking place from 23 to 27 October 2017 in Geneva. This Session will shift the discussion on the elements of an international binding instrument on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights to substantive negotiations on the binding instrument as established under the mandate of Resolution 26/9 adopted in July 2014.

 

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Human_RightsBetwKinda pic 2010een the 24th and 28th of October 2016, in Geneva, the open-ended working group (OEIGW) on transnational corporations (TNCs) and other business enterprises with respect to human rights successfully held its second meeting.

 

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manuel_montes-tnAkha Coffee WorkerThirty years ago, the United Nations adopted the Declaration on the Right to Development (“the Declaration”).   Is this anniversary worth celebrating?  Has this declaration outlived its usefulness and its anniversary best forgotten?   My answer is NO.

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manuel_montes-tnConsumptionAt the Financing for Development Conference in Addis in July 2015, developed countries blocked a proposal to establish an intergovernmental body within the United Nations on international cooperation in tax matters. There is a fundamental difference between North (where international companies are mostly headquartered) and South (whose interest lies in obtaining a fair share of the tax revenues arising from the operations of international companies in its territory). This divide can be better bridged in work by an intergovernmental body in the UN. The Addis Ababa outcome however sacrifices good governance and tax justice.

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Khor 1Human_RightsHalf a year after the ceasefire, life in Gaza is still a living hell, as the promised aid did not come and homeless children die of winter cold.

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Khor 1UNLeaders meeting at the United Nations are facing a world under attack, and responses are so far not matching the manifold crises.

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Khor 1Human_RightsIndependence has been achieved, yet has to be constantly defended, continuously renewed and expanded as the process of de-colonisation is on-going and new threats arise.

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Khor 1The deaths and destruction going on in Gaza show that “the world has lost its humanity”.  The carnage must stop.Human_Rights

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Khor 1Human_RightsThe world must face up to the two calamities of the past week – the crash of the MAS plane, and the worsening plight of Palestinians.

 

 

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Khor 1The United States has accused some Chinese of hacking into American companies’ computers, but the US itself has been engaging in massive spying of foreign companies and trade officials.

 

 

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