Updates 2017

Developments in Geneva on the UN business and human rights treaty negotiations.

In October 2017, countries from around the world came together in Geneva for the meeting of the Human Right Council of the United Nations The Human Right Council of the United Nations established the open-ended inter-governmental working group (IGWG) in June 2014 to develop an ‘international legally binding instrument on transnational corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights’. The meeting in Geneva was the third session of this working group. to negotiate the text of a new international treaty to protect human rights against corporate human rights abuses. It was a historic opportunity to improve prevention of corporate abuse and to ensure that victims of corporate abuse have adequate access to justice.

The main purpose of these negotiations was to elaborate on the draft elements of the treaty. SOMO is one of the many NGO’s that followed the discussions in Geneva and worked together with partner organizations advocates for a treaty that will effectively contribute to access to justice and remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses. On this page, you will find the daily updates of the negotiations that took place between 23-27 October, 2017.

See updates from these negotiations below. Useful links, summaries and statements are found at the bottom of this page

Negotiations Day 5: October 27, 2017



Negotiations Day 4: October 26, 2017

Read the summary of day 4 here.


Negotiations Day 3: October 25, 2017


Read the summary of day 3 here.







Negotiations Day 2: October 24, 2017


Read the summary of day 2 here.



Negotiations Day 1: October 23, 2017

Read a summary of day 1 here.

Watch and read the statement on October 23, made by CIDSE, on behalf of Brot für die Welt, CCFD, Terre Solidaire, Entraide et Fraternité, Global Policy Forum, MISEREOR and SOMO.

Read the Blog Post “Negotiations Begin Today for Transnational Corporate Accountability Treaty” from CIEL, here.









Read a summary of day 4

Read a summary of day 3

Read a summary of day 2

Read a summary of day 1 

Read summary of the night before the negotiations here

Useful links

Treaty Alliance – Global movement for a binding treaty on business and human rights. Here you can find official documents, statements, studies, opinions and background information.

Business and Human Rights Resource Centre – Live Twitter feed, related statements and articles, a blog and more.

European Coalition for Corporate Justice

International Network for Economic, Social and Cultural Rights

Peoples mobilisation – Campaign to stop corporate impunity, mobilisation and more.

Oral and Written Statements

Photo: United Nations


Statement on jurisdiction

Statement on access to justice, effective remedy and guarantees of non-repetition.

Letter to the Dutch government to commit to the (process of coming to a) Binding Treaty