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Tuesday, November 27 • 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Eastern Europe

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Interpretation is provided in English and Russian.

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description of the session: 

This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day, the region focused discussions aim to take a closer look at how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges faced in Eastern European countries and lessons learned from emerging government, business and civil society action.

Objectives of the session: 

- Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and the way forward, including on how to scale up emerging good practice
- Strengthen a race to the top among governments and business in the region

Format of the session:

The proposed session will be done in a talk show format with the participants having the opportunity to raise questions amongst each other as in a public dialogue. The session is chaired by the Member of the UN Working Group, Elzbieta Karksa

Preliminary agenda: 
  • Introduction by Elzbieta Karska
  • Kickoff remarks:
    • Civil society coalition reflections on how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges in the region and what emerging practices to build on
    • Business perspectives on how to drive a race to the top in the region
    • Government statements on lessons learned and commitments for going forward
  • Roundtable discussion


Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Elżbieta Karska

Elżbieta Karska

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Elżbieta Karska is a Professor and the Head of the Department of Protection of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and the Director of the Institute of International Law, European Union and International Relations at the Faculty of Law and Administration, Cardinal... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Mark Fodor

Mark Fodor

Executive Director, CEE Bankwatch Network
CEE Bankwatch Network‘s mission is to prevent environmentally and socially harmful impacts of international development finance, and to promote alternative solutions and public participation.
avatar for Zurabishvili Salome

Zurabishvili Salome

Executive Director, CiDA / Global Compact Network Georgia
Human Rights Lawyer and Corporate Sustainability Expert with 7+ years of experience in the civil society, public sector and consulting business sector around corporate sustainability issues. Salome is executive director of civil society organisation - CiDA, which has been promoting... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Room XXIII