World Parliamentary Forum

in support of the establishment of a UN Binding Treaty on Transnational Corporations and other Business Enterprises with respect to Human Rights

Geneva, 22 october 2017


Sunday 22nd October, 13h30-18h15

13h30-14h – Registration

14:00- 14:20 – Welcome by Helmut Scholz, Member of the European Parliament (MEP) – GUE/NGL and Manuel Tornare, Member of the National Council of Switzerland, Former mayor of Geneva, Member of the Council of Europe, Swiss socialist Party 

Keynote speaker – Guillaume Long, Ecuador’s Permanent Rep. in UN Geneva (tbc.)

14:20-16:00 – TNCs impunity and the need for an international legally binding instrument to curb it

  • Testimony of women struggle to stop corporate impunity – Beatrice Kamau, World March of Women
  • Example of TNC impunity – Charles Santiago, Member of the Parliament of Malaysia, Democratic Action Party 
  • State of play at Global level – Pablo Fajardo, La Unión de Afectados y Afectadas por las Operaciones Petroleras de Texaco (UDAPT), lead lawyer against Chevron Corporation
  • State of play at European level – Adriana Espinosa, European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ)

    Q/A with other MP/MEPs and general public

Panel moderated by Fathi Chamkhi – Member of the Parliament of Tunisia, Front Populaire

16:00-16:15 – coffee break

16:15- 16:25 – Second Keynote address by Susan George, President of the Transnational Institute

16:25 -18:00 – Making it real

  • The case of Uruguay – Lilian Galan, Member of the Chamber of Representatives of Uruguay, Frente Amplio
  • The Global Campaign’s input to the binding treaty- Melik Özden, Director of the CETIM
  • Understanding the limitations of National Action Plans – Manoela Roland
  • The case of Spain – Pablo Bustinduy, Member of the Congress of Deputies of Spain – Podemos’ Spokesperson at the Foreign Affairs Committee
  • The case of France – Dominique Potier, Member of the National Assembly of France, Groupe Nouvelle Gauche
  • The Binding Treaty Parliamentary Initiative – Lola Sánchez Caldentey, MEP GUE/NGL

    Q/A with other MP/MEPs and general public

Panel moderated by Brid Brennan, Transnational Institute (TNI) & the Global Campaign to Reclaim Peoples Sovereignty, Dismantle Corporate Power and Stop Impunity.

18:00-18:15 – Closing remarks by Anne Marie Mineur – MEP, GUE/NGL, Fathi Chamkhi – Member of the Parliament of Tunisia, Front Populaire and Barbara  Lochbihler – MEP, Greens/EFA.

Registration form


Maison Internationale des Associations
Carson’s Room
15 rue de Savoises, 1205 – Genève 

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