December 20, 2023

Report on the UN Treaty on Business and Human Rights

Karolin Seitz

From October 23 to 27, 2023, 76 states met for the ninth time at the United Nations Human Rights Council to negotiate an international human rights treaty to regulate companies and their supply chains (also known as the “UN Treaty“). In 2014, the UN Human Rights Council mandated an intergovernmental working group to draft such a treaty.

The Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung has been monitoring and supporting the process at the United Nations for many years and regularly reports on developments in cooperation with the Global Policy Forum. Detailed information on the week-long negotiations and how the process is progressing is summarized in this report by Karolin Seitz.

Karolin Seitz is the Director of Global Policy Forum’s Business & Human Rights Program. She has been following the process towards an international agreement on business and human rights since it began in 2014.

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