Tuesday, December 01, 2015

Looking Toward the 2016 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights: Information, Videos, Interviews and Reports

2016 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

Date: 14-16 November 2016
Location: Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland

More information about the 2016 Forum will be provided in the coming months.
Contact: General inquiries: forumbhr@ohchr.org

With the end of the 2015 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, the Working Group Secretariat has posted some useful information going forward.  I share some of that here.

Forum videos and photos:

On the Forum web page, you can now find videos of the plenary sessions and some of the other UN-led sessions (more will be uploaded in the coming weeks). Photos from the event are available at the UN Human Rights Flickr account until 20 December.

On the new 2016 Forum webpage includes video interviews with some of the participants at the 2015 Forum.

Some of the statements made at the Forum are available here.
From 2016 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights:

The UN Forum is the world's largest annual gathering on business and human rights with some 2,300 participants from government, business, community groups and civil society, law firms, investor organisations, UN bodies, NHRIs, trade unions, academia and the media.

Over three days, participants take part in 60+ panel discussions covering a wide range of topics that relate to the 3 pillars of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (the "Protect", "Respect" and "Remedy" Framework), as well as major global issues such as the crackdown on human rights defenders, implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and ensuring trust in mega sporting events.

The Forum is the foremost event to network, share experiences and learn about the many initiatives and projects to promote corporate respect for human rights.

The UN Human Rights Council, under paragraph 12 of its resolution 17/4, established the Forum to serve as a key global platform for stakeholders to ”discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights.” It is guided by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

Watch 2015 participants discuss some #BizHumanRights issues
Lene Wendland (OHCHR), Dante Pesce (WG on Business & Human Rights) and Dwight Justice (ITUC) on the Forum and issues discussed
Debbie Stothard (FIDH) on the shrinking civil society space
John Morrison (IHRB) on restoring trust in mega sporting event
Rebecca MacKinnon (Ranking Digital Rights) on balancing state security demands and with the right to privacy and freedom of expression
Victoria Tauli-Corpuz (Special Rapporteur on Indigenous Peoples' Rights) on the importance of companies obtaining free prior informed consent
Erol Kiresepi (Santa Farma Pharmaceuticals) on the value of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

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