The 5th September event takes place at a critical moment to inform the process of elaboration by the working group. It will foster the exchange of views among international actors, with the aim of creating the basis for consensus on possible contents of a legally binding instrument in the field of business and human rights.
The prospective treaty is expected to contribute to fill some accountability gaps in the international normative framework, in relation to the operations of business enterprises in terms of human rights. The treaty should also enhance States' action to ensure effective remedies and reparations for the victims of abuses. This treaty will be the first in the international human rights law framework to address directly activities of business corporations.
This photograph by Georges Rodger shows a cleaner on the Empire State building in 1950. Born in Cheshire, George Rodger served in the British Merchant Navy. After a short spell in America, he worked as a photographer for the BBC's The Listener magazine. In 1947, Rodger was invited to join Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour and William Vandivert in founding Magnum.