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Tuesday, November 27 • 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in "Western Europe and Others" region (WEOG)

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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 “Western European and others”- focused discussions aim to take a closer look at policy innovations and emerging practices on which progress can be built. The session will involve presentations by governments that are moving ahead with regulatory and policy innovations.

Objectives of the session: 
  • Share lessons learned from recent government efforts with potential to drive greater policy coherence and reach scale in business implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human right
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and way forward, including on how to strengthen a race to the top among Western countries.
Format of the session:
  • Introduction by the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights
  • Snapshot presentations on innovations and lessons learned: inter-governmental and government perspectives
  • Open stakeholder discussion on the way forward

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →

avatar for Ulrika Lyckman Alnered

Ulrika Lyckman Alnered

Deputy director, Department for Promotion of Sweden, Trade and CSR, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Sweden
Sustainable Business, Anti-corruption, Business and Human Rights

Barbara Bijelic

Legal Expert, Responsible Business Conduct, Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
avatar for Alva Bruun

Alva Bruun

Senior adviser, human rights, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland
Alva is Senior Adviser at the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland. Her main duties lie within the business human rights-sphere, in the Political Department as well as the Department for Development Policy. She's overseeing various of the ministry's projects implemented with the... Read More →

Robert Coleman

Director, Trade Planning, Coordination and Responsible Business Practices, Global Affairs Canada
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Iona Ebben

Senior Policy Officer Business & Human Rights, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Netherlands
avatar for Katharina Hermann

Katharina Hermann

Head of Helpdesk on Business and Human Rights, Government of Germany
avatar for Julius Langendorff

Julius Langendorff

Policy Officer Trade & Sustainable Development, European Commission, DG Trade
avatar for Geneviève Jean- van Rossum

Geneviève Jean- van Rossum

Représentante spéciale chargée de la bioéthique et de la responsabilité sociale des entreprises, Ministère francais de l’Europe et des Affaires étrangères
avatar for Camilla Røssaak

Camilla Røssaak

Counsellor, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

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