Organizers: CIDSE and AEFJN
When: Tuesday 23 February 2021, 9 am – 1 pm CET
Via Zoom: Pre-registration required
Deadline for registrations: Monday 22 February
The sixth session of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Working Group (IGWG) on transnational
corporations and other business enterprises with respect to human rights met last October 2020 and
reviewed the second draft of the proposal for a legally binding Treaty. There was an open discussion and
negotiation of member states and other institutions. The IGWG is now preparing a third draft throughout
formal consultations and has invited governments and other stakeholders to present concrete textual
suggestions, modifications, additional language, requests for deletions, as well as expressions of support on
the current provisions of the second revised draft legally binding instrument. The deadline for submission is
the end of February 2021.
1. Help Church actors to understand the UN Treaty, the process and the relevance of their commitment as
actors in their countries.
2. Agree on common advocacy initiatives and strategies that can work for the success of the Treaty.
3. Promote actions to get African national governments to support the Treaty with concrete statements and
proposals. This is where Church actors in Africa are becoming a crucial actor.
09:00-09:15 Introduction and welcome
by José-Luis Gutierrez, AEFJN and Giuseppe Cioffo, CIDSE
09:15-09:45 Introduction to the UN Treaty Process: Steps and Challenges
By Raffaele Morgantini, CETIM and Monica Vargas, TNI
10:00-10:30 Scope of the UN Treaty
By Erika Mendes, FoE Mozambique
11:00-11:30 Access to justice for victims
By Ana Maria Suarez Franco, FIAN, UN Treaty Alliance
11:45-12:45 Debate: How to strengthen Church efforts to advance the Treaty Process?
12:45-13:00 Way forward and Conclusions
By Chika Onyejiuwa, AEFJN