In June 2014, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted resolution 26/9, by which it agreed

to  establish an  open-ended intergovernmental  working  group  OE(IGWG), in  order  to  elaborate an

international legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and

other business enterprises with respect to human rights.


The sixth session of the OEIGWG will take place from 26 to 30 October 2020 to discuss the Second

Revised Draft  of  the Binding  Treaty. In  anticipation of  the upcoming  session, African  civil  society

organisations are calling for a Treaty that reflects African perspectives and effectively addresses

African experiences.


Over  the last  few  decades, the continent  has  witnessed an  increase in  foreign direct  and local

investments—which under  the disguise of  spurring  economic  development  and in certain cases

complicit with State agencies, have been at the helm of massive human rights abuses and violations.

These investments, often by large and economically powerful Transnational Corporations, have a long

history of profiting from human rights abuses and environmental destruction.


Unfortunately, it remains difficult to hold them accountable for their actions, due to the huge power

imbalances that exist between states, corporations and communities. The few attempts to address

this, like the U.N. Guiding Principles on business and human rights, are voluntary and ineffective. The

current  proposed Binding  Treaty on TNCs  and human  rights  has  the  potential to  strengthen

accountability mechanisms. Many  African  countries  have  expressed continuous  support  for  the

Treaty. This is an important step for gender justice, environmental rights and peoples’ movements

struggles to curb corporate impunity.


The 2020  negotiating  session presents  an  opportunity  for  African  governments, who  have  often

decried international instruments as tools of neocolonialism, to shape a strong framework that could

put an end to corporate impunity and provide remedies for victims. We hope to help facilitate this

and bolster  regional  collaboration on the Treaty.  A  strong, unified  African  position is  a  powerful

message to  the international community, to  transnational corporations  and  importantly to  those

bearing the brunt of harmful corporate conduct.


As such, today, on 20 October,  trade unions, civil society organisations and affected communities will

be hosting an interactive workshop on the Second Revised Draft from 10:00 – 15:00 SAST. We will


reflect on the key demands that have formed the African perspective on the treaty process and to

what extent, if any, these demands have been articulated in the Second Revised Draft.


To Join

Meeting ID: 960 2379 5131

Passcode: 659146


Then, on Wednesday 21 October from 14:00 – 17:00 SAST , African state representatives and Human

Rights Commissions are invited to join an online African consultation to discuss with affected people,

civil society and experts, the impacts of transnational corporations’ activities in the region and how

an effective UN treaty could improve access to justice.


To Register:


Issued jointly by:

African Coalition on Corporate Accountability (ACCA)

Alternative Information and Development Centre (AIDC)

ssociation for Women’s Rights in Development ( WID)

Centre for Applied Legal Studies (CALS)

Justiça Ambiental (JA!) – Friends of the Earth Mozambique

Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR)

Mining Affected Communities United in Action (MACUA)

Southern African Campaign to Dismantle Corporate Power

Southern and Eastern Africa Trade Information and Negotiations Institute (SEATINI)

Uganda Consortium on Corporate Accountability (UCCA)

Women Affacted by Mining United in Action (WAMUA)