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Tuesday, November 27
 

11:30am

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Africa
Interpretation is provided in English and French.


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 African countries and lessons learned from emerging government, business and civil society action.

Objective of the session: 

Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and the way forward, including on how to scale up emerging good practice and 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, Githu Muigai

Preliminary agenda: 
  • Introduction by The UN Working Group member, Githu Muigai
  • 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 Githu Muigai

Githu Muigai

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Githu Muigai is current Associate Professor of Law, Department of Public Law, University of Nairobi; Chairman at the Council of Legal Education in Kenya; and Senior Partner, Mohammed & Muigai Advocates. He previously served as a Commissioner with the former Constitution of Kenya... Read More →

Speakers
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Mutuso Dhliwayo

Director, Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association
Mutuso Dhliwayo is a public interest environmental lawyer working with the Zimbabwe Environmental Law Association ( ZELA). ZELA works to promote democracy, good governance and sustainable development using natural resources as a framework.ZELA has been working on business and human... Read More →
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Guillain Koko

Project Coordinator, Africa Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA)
Guillain Koko is a Social Justice activist and Human rights Lawyer, with particular experience/expertise in Business and Human Rights.He is the project coordinator of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA). He holds a Law Degree (LLB) in Public Law, from the Catholic... Read More →
avatar for Mthunzi Mdwaba

Mthunzi Mdwaba

CEO, TZoro IBC
Mthunzi Perry-Mason Mdwaba is an entrepreneur, businessman, executive and passionate advocate for business in all its diverse forms and across developing and developed nations. He is a fierce defender of skills development, the conditions required for sustainable enter-prises and... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room XXIII

3:00pm

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in "Western Europe and Others" region (WEOG)
Interpretation is provided into English, French and Spanish
Watch live ​​​https://unog.webex.com/unog/j.php?MTID=mabe7bc8e92ec6e11557311bcf357f4b9

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 →

Speakers
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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
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Barbara Bijelic

Legal Expert, Responsible Business Conduct, OECD
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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 →
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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
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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
Room XXI

3:00pm

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Eastern Europe
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
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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

4:40pm

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
Interpretation is provided into English/French/Spanish

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 Latin American and Caribbean 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 Chairperson of the UN Working Group, Dante Pesce

Preliminary agenda: 
  • Introduction by Dante Pesce
  • 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
    • Human rights defender statement on his/her experience in working for the respect of human rights by business in the region
    • Government statements on lessons learned and commitments for going forward
  • Roundtable discussion


Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Dante Pesce

Dante Pesce

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Dante Pesce holds a Masters in Political Science from the Catholic University of Chile and a Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. He is the Founder and Executive Director of the VINCULAR Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the... Read More →

Speakers
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Fernanda Hopenhaym

Co-Executive Director, PODER
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Ana Laynez

Indigenous authority, Ixil indigenous community, Guatemala
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Carolina Mejia Micolta

Counsel at Legal Vicepresidency, Asociación Nacional de Empresarios de Colombia


Tuesday November 27, 2018 4:40pm - 6:00pm
Room XXI
 
Wednesday, November 28
 

10:00am

Trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in Asia
Interpretation is provided in English and Chinese.

Session led by UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and UNDP

This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in different regions of the world.
The aim is to facilitate peer learning and multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned. Innovative ideas shall be showcased with a view to scale up emerging good practices and reinforce a race to the top among governments and businesses in the Asia region.

This interactive session will be divided in two parts:
After a brief scene setting from civil society and business representatives, Part I will present key examples of how Governments in the Region are promoting business respect for Human Rights. Representatives of the Governments of Thailand, India, Indonesia, Vietnam among others, will illustrate how they are setting expectations for companies to carry out human rights due diligence (HRDD), changing corporate laws to promote responsible business conduct, creating incentives through public procurement, and taking steps to ensure a bouquet of remedies is available to victims.
In Part II, several inspiring ideas on how to turn HRDD from paper to practice will be presented in TED-Style snapshot sessions. After interaction with the participants, mobile technology will be used to survey the opinion of those present. This will involve solutions considered most innovative, most impactful and worth replicating in other contexts. Initiatives most inspiring and innovative will be given additional dedicated space to illustrate their impact in the two Regional Forums on Business and Human Rights (for South Asia and Southeast Asia) planned for the first half of 2019.  

Program
  • Opening/setting the scene (30 mins)
  • Part I: Fostering Government Leadership to Set Expectations for Companies to Respect Human Rights (60 mins)
  • Break (15 mins)
  • Part II:  Pitch Deck: Innovative and Inspiring Solutions to take the UNGPs from Paper to Practice: Snapshot sessions (5 minutes each) followed by Qs and As (80 minutes) through mobile technology to survey their opinion on the innovative value, replicability and scalability of the initiatives 
    • Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact: FPIC Policies into action
    • Caux RT/ANA: Technology to monitor supply chains, Japan  
    • UN Global Compact Network Indonesia: HRDD in the Agri-Food Business Sector
    • Terre des Hommes: Multi stakeholder partnerships to end child labour
    • China Labor Watch: Access to Remedy for workers, China
    • Earth Rights International: NGOs and NHRIs monitoring HR abuses by outbound investments, SEA
    • University of Sussex: National employment injury insurance (EII) schemes in Bangladesh and Pakistan
    • FORUM ASIA: Good practices and possible collective actions to counter legal harassment of Human Rights Defenders

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Harpreet Kaur

Harpreet Kaur

UNDP - Asia Pacific
Harpreet Kaur is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to this Harpreet lead the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership at Ashoka University in India, where she steered the agenda on ‘Women, Workplace... Read More →
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Sean Lees

Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP
Sean Lees is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to his work at UNDP, Sean worked on Asia-Pacific trade and investment policy at the Pacific Basin Economic Council and the East-West Center (1994-1996... Read More →
avatar for Livio Sarandrea

Livio Sarandrea

Programme Specialist On Rule Of Law, UNDP
Livio Sarandrea, is the Chief Adviser and Manager of UNDP’s project: “Business and Human Rights in Asia promoting Responsible Business practices through regional partnerships (B+HR Asia)” which is operational in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Surya Deva

Surya Deva

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University... Read More →
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Binota Dhamai

Executive Member, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact
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Jiang Hui

Vice-President, China Chamber of Commerce of Metal, Minerals and Chemicals
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Hiroshi Ishida

Executive Director, Caux Round Table Japan
Hiroshi Ishida is the Executive Director of the Caux Round Table Japan (CRT Japan).He taught at the Institute of Business and Accounting, Kwansei Gakuin University between 2005 and March 2014, where he served as promoted to Professor on April 2013. He also taught at Aoyama Gakuin... Read More →
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Y.W. Junardy

President, Global Compact Network Indonesia
Y.W. Junardy is the Deputy President Commissioner of PT Rajawali Corpora, an Indonesian national holding investment Company operating in diverse industries i.e. hotel & property, land and air transportation, plantation, mining, infrastructure and IT Services.Prior to his current position... Read More →
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Elaine Lu

Program Officer, China Labor Watch
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Chao MA

Deputy Division Chief, China Enterprise Confederation
Ma ChaoDeputy Section Chief, Employers Department, China Enterprise ConfederationFor 15 years, he is involving and responsible for international cooperation projects with ILO, IOE, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNGC, National Employers Organizations such as NHO(Norway), VCCI(Vietnam),APINDO(Indonesia... Read More →
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Bobbie Sta Maria

Director for Labour Rights and Asia, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
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Thanh Tu Nguyen

Director General, Ministry of Justice, Government of Vietnam
Mr. Tu Thanh Nguyen (Nguyễn Thanh Tú) is Director General of the Department of Civil and Economic Laws, Ministry of Justice of Vietnam. He holds the degrees of: Doctor of Laws (Lund University, Sweden), Licentiate of Laws (Lund University, Sweden), Master of Laws (Lund University... Read More →
avatar for Rebecca Prentice

Rebecca Prentice

Senior Lecturer in Anthropology, University of Sussex
Rebecca Prentice is a Senior Lecturer in Anthropology and International Development at the University of Sussex in Brighton, UK. She is author of the report, Workers’ Right to Compensation after Garment Factory Disasters: Making Rights a Reality (2018), and co-editor, with Geert... Read More →
avatar for Benny Agus Prima

Benny Agus Prima

Human Rights Defenders Programme Officer, Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA)
Benny has been working at human rights defenders programme of FORUM-ASIA since 2016. He holds LLM degree in public international law from the University of Nottingham, UK. Prior to joining human rights defenders programme of FORUM-ASIA, he was working on ASEAN human rights advocacy... Read More →
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Somn Promaros

Director-General of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Ministry of Justice, Thailand
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Natthakanya Saengpho

National Human Rights Commission of Thailand
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Wora Suk

Earth Rights International
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Vidya Tikoo

Senior Vice President, Sustainability, Aditya Birla Management Corporation Pvt. Ltd.
A sustainable business expert, can work out strategies for businesses and conglomerates. Have worked in the areas of environment, transportation, human rights, occupational health, safety, supply chain linked with sustainability of businesses
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Tirza Voss

Technical Adviser - Private Sector, Terre des Hommes
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Andika Wahab

Fellow IKMAS
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Prabianto Mukti Wibowo

Deputy Assistant Minister for Forestry, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of Economic Affairs, Indonesia


Wednesday November 28, 2018 10:00am - 1:00pm
Room XVII