Presentation on theme: "Working Group Three Non-State and Multilateral Actors: examining roles and responsibilities This group considered the arguments for and against extending."— Presentation transcript:
Working Group Three Non-State and Multilateral Actors: examining roles and responsibilities This group considered the arguments for and against extending the reach of the right to information requirements, identifying non-state that actors should be covered by access to information regulations. It also contemplated ways to positively motivate the engagement of non-state actors that may be threatened by a law or disclosure policy.
Consensus on the crux of the issue The Right to Public Information is now established, but Non-state Actors and Multilateral Bodies powerfully impact human rights. Therefore: how should the right to access to information be extended to such non-state actors in principle and in practice?
Main considerations or areas of discussion Vast diversity of organizations in the world – from the African Union, to the International Criminal Court, to Multinational Corporations, to transnational NGOs, to domestic social structures & Faith-based organisations – all unified by their capacity to affect human rights Yet, appreciation of differences in their role & responsibility, and their function Point of Departure: Need for actors clearly deriving authority from states (UN, World Bank) to accede to contemporary ATI norms and practices Difficult conceptual, ideological and practical concerns extending principles to civil society and for-profit organizations
Recommendations and action points Recommendations: Declaration of the Application of the Right to Access to Information to three sets of non-state actors and multilateral bodies: Intergovernmental Organizations, including International Financial Institutions Non-state actors that perform a public function and/or receive public funds and/or exploit natural public resources Large Corporations in respect of information required for the protection or exercise of a fundamental human right.
Recommendations and action points Action Points: Intergovernmental Organizations, including IFIs, should comply with international norms and standards Call for effective implementation & resourcing of disclosure policies Welcome World Bank review & urge open, consultative process MNCs and large domestic businesses should voluntarily and proactively disclose information in the public interest National law should adopt disclosure requirements for the funding of lobbying of political processes, including funding of political parties.