Department of Global Economy and Human Rights

The globalized economy and its (de-)regulation systems are influencing the living conditions of people worldwide. Human rights violations can be revealed in different locations along global value chains, for instance at existence-disrupting raw material extraction or at harmful production conditions.  
Within the framework of the one-world promoter program of the federal state North Rhine-Westphalia the department of global society and human rights was set up. The department’s mission is to show up structures of the global economy that are currently violating human rights and consequently to provide potential solutions to those nuisances. This mission is going to be accomplished via educational activity and the teaching of multipliers, as well as networking and the development and publication of action-proposals.



On 26 June 2014 the UN Human Rights Commission approved a resolution to form a working group to elaborate a legally binding instrument to regulate the activities of transnational corporations and other companies with regard to compliance with human rights standards (‘Treaty Process’). The working group has met four times since then. In July 2018 the Ecuadorian chair submitted a first draft treaty (Zero Draft) which was debated at the fourth meeting of the UN working group in October 2018.
The states were invited to comment on this draft until end-February 2019. The present briefing paper discusses objections raised in political debates to the overall process or to contents of the Zero Draft and formulates proposed solutions.


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