I am delighted to pass along the announcement of the forthcoming 10th Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights (29 November – 1st December 2021). This year the event will again be held virtually. Here is the announcement:
10th Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights
The Working Group on Business and Human Rights in coordination with the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is pleased to announce the dates of the 10th Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights.
Date: 29 November – 1st December 2021
Due to the ongoing worldwide challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights will once again be held virtually in 2021. Further detailed information on the format and agenda, as well as practical information on registration and participation in the Forum will be provided on this page as soon as possible.
2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and this will form the central theme of the 2021 Forum. This milestone provides an opportunity to look back at progress and challenges to-date and, more importantly, to inspire a renewed push for scaled-up global implementation by States and businesses in the decade ahead. It also comes at a time when the world is facing a convergence of crises – ranging from the ongoing human and financial costs of COVID-19 to the existential climate crisis, growing inequality, systemic and pervasive gender and racial discrimination, shrinking civic space, and human consequences of technological developments. Against this backdrop, the Working Group is taking stock of the first ten years of the Guiding Principles and developing a roadmap for the next decade (“UNGPs 10+”). The stocktaking and roadmap will be launched in June 2021.
The UN Forum provides a key global platform for stakeholder dialogue on how to increase the pace of implementation of the Guiding Principles by States, businesses and other actors. Further information and a concept note for the Forum will be provided on this page soon.