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Monday, November 26
 

9:00am

Corporate human rights due diligence – state of play and way forward
Organized by the Working Group on business and human rights

Brief description of the session:
This session will feature a presentation by the Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, Dante Pesce. The presentation will highlight key findings and recommendations from the Working Group's report to the UN General Assembly in October 2018.
The focus of the report is the concept of corporate human rights due diligence set out in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. The presentation will highlight key features of human rights due diligence and why it matters; gaps and challenges in current business and Government practice; emerging good practices; and how key stakeholders — States and the investment community, in particular — can contribute to the scaling-up of effective human rights due diligence.

Key documents

Interpretation is provided in Korean

Speakers
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 →



Monday November 26, 2018 9:00am - 10:00am
Room XXIII

3:00pm

Are States making progress on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Challenges, innovations and lessons learned from implementation
http://webtv.un.org/search/part-i-panel-on-progress-on-the-un-guiding-principles-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5971665695001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Forum%20on%20Business%20and%20Human%20Rights&page=2

Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief Description:
This Forum session led by the Working Group will provide an opportunity for States to share updates on progress in implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and for all relevant stakeholders to engage in open dialogue on ways forward.

Under the 2018 Forum’s central theme “Business respect for human rights –building on what works”, the Working Group invites States to share information about:

(a) Regulatory and policy developments to provide guidance, incentives and/or requirements for business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts across operations and value chains;
(b) Updates on national action plans on business and human rights (in line with Human Rights Council resolution 26/22, paragraph 4), including assessments of impact of the implementation of existing plans.

The Forum’s regional track will provide further opportunities for exchange about such initiatives and stakeholder perspectives on the ways forward.


Part I – Government leadership to drive business respect for human rights – Lessons learned from around the world and ways forward 
  • Opening remarks by Dante Pesce, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights – Government action to drive business respect – what is the current state of play?
  • Government panel to share experiences on new developments and commitments for moving the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice [broad focus: legislation, regulation, national action plans and other policy frameworks]
  • Open dialogue: Government action to drive corporate human rights due diligence: what works? Lessons from regulatory and policy action 
    • Interventions by other states from the floor 
    • Interventions by other stakeholders from the floor

Background to the discussion:
In its  2018 report to the General Assembly (A/73/163), the Working Group highlights how States are performing in promoting corporate human rights due diligence. It notes that the human rights due diligence standard set out in the Guiding Principles is increasingly reflected in government policy frameworks and legislation, including mandatory disclosure of risks of modern slavery in supply chains. In the 20 national action plans on business and human rights that have been issued to date, Governments have reaffirmed the expectation that business enterprises exercise human rights due diligence.

The report also highlights gaps: A lack of government leadership in addressing governance gaps remains the biggest challenge. A fundamental issue is that host Governments are not fulfilling their duty to protect human rights, either failing to pass legislation that meets international human rights and labour standards, or failing to enforce legislation that would protect workers and affected communities.

 While some home Governments have introduced due diligence or disclosure legislation, such efforts also remain patchy or uncoordinated. Governments are not providing enough guidance on human rights due diligence and support tailored to national business audiences, including small and medium-sized enterprises. A lack of policy coherence in government practice is part of the overall picture, and Governments are not leading by example in their own roles as economic actors.
The key message to Governments is that they should use all available regulatory and policy levers, such as: policy tools and frameworks, including national action plans in order to enhance policy coherence overall; legislation, regulation and adjudication; economic incentives in “economic diplomacy” and public procurement; leadership by example in their role as economic actors; provision of guidance (including for SMEs); and promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue.
The Forum provides an opportunity for States and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue on the emerging practices, shortcomings and solutions highlighted by the Working Group.

How to participate:
States that wish to share their experiences and perspectives are invited to pre-register by sending an email to wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line:
“Forum GOVT. ACTION – [country name]”.
Although speaking time is limited (3 minutes for statements), all States will be able to submit statements to be posted on the Forum webpage. States should indicate whether they would like to speak in part I or part II, or both.
States are encouraged to participate with representatives from across relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.

Other participants wishing to join the multi-stakeholder dialogue on lessons learned and ways forward are also invited to sign up in advance by sending an email to: wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line: “2018 Forum GOVT. ACTION session – Multi-stakeholder dialogue - [name of organization]”. Interventions should be no more than 2-3 minutes in order to allow time for as many stakeholder perspectives as possible. Written statements may be submitted for posting on the Forum web page. Those signing up for the speaker list should indicate whether they wish to speak in part I or part II, or both.



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
avatar for Francisco Barbosa

Francisco Barbosa

Presidential Adviser on Human Rights, Government of Colombia
avatar for Meo Beyan

Meo Beyan

Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Liberia
SP

Somn Promaros

Director-General of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Ministry of Justice, Thailand
avatar for Lorena Recabarren

Lorena Recabarren

Subsecretaria de Derechos Humanos, Ministerio de Justicia y Derechos Humanos de Chile
Abogada de la Pontificia Universidad Católica y Doctora en Ciencias Políticas y Sociales de la Universidad Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona. Hace dos años se desempeña como Directora Ejecutiva del Centro de Estudios Horizontal, donde coordinó comisiones de trabajo en distintas áreas... Read More →
avatar for Maylis SOUQUE

Maylis SOUQUE

Secretary-General French NCP Responsible Business Conduct, Ministry of Economy, France


Monday November 26, 2018 3:00pm - 4:20pm
Room XX

4:40pm

Are States making progress on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Challenges, innovations and lessons learned from implementation
http://webtv.un.org/search/part-ii-panel-on-progress-on-the-un-guiding-principles-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5971981765001/?term=&lan=english&cat=Forum%20on%20Business%20and%20Human%20Rights&page=2

Organized by UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief Description:
This Forum session led by the Working Group will provide an opportunity for States to share updates on progress in implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and for all relevant stakeholders to engage in open dialogue on ways forward.

Under the 2018 Forum’s central theme “Business respect for human rights –building on what works”, the Working Group invites States to share information about:

(a) Regulatory and policy developments to provide guidance, incentives and/or requirements for business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts across operations and value chains;
(b) Updates on national action plans on business and human rights (in line with Human Rights Council resolution 26/22, paragraph 4), including assessments of impact of the implementation of existing plans.

The Forum’s regional track will provide further opportunities for exchange about such initiatives and stakeholder perspectives on the ways forward.

Tentative agenda
Part II: National action plans on business and human rights - Impacts, lessons learned and ways forward
  • NAPs – what has been the impact to date? A quick overview 
  • Getting started, lessons learned 
  • Open dialogue: translating plans to action
    • Government interventions 
    • Other stakeholders
  • Wrap-up by the Working Group


Background to the discussion:

In its 2018 report to the General Assembly (A/73/163), the Working Group highlights how States are performing in promoting corporate human rights due diligence. It notes that the human rights due diligence standard set out in the Guiding Principles is increasingly reflected in government policy frameworks and legislation, including mandatory disclosure of risks of modern slavery in supply chains. In the 20 national action plans on business and human rights that have been issued to date, Governments have reaffirmed the expectation that business enterprises exercise human rights due diligence.

The report also highlights gaps: A lack of government leadership in addressing governance gaps remains the biggest challenge. A fundamental issue is that host Governments are not fulfilling their duty to protect human rights, either failing to pass legislation that meets international human rights and labour standards, passing legislation that is inconsistent, or failing to enforce legislation that would protect workers and affected communities.

 While some home Governments have introduced due diligence or disclosure legislation, such efforts also remain patchy or uncoordinated. Governments are not providing enough guidance on human rights due diligence and support tailored to national business audiences, including small and medium-sized enterprises. A lack of policy coherence in government practice is part of the overall picture, and Governments are not leading by example in their own roles as economic actors.
The key message to Governments is that they should use all available regulatory and policy levers, such as: policy tools and frameworks, including national action plans in order to enhance policy coherence overall; legislation, regulation and adjudication; economic incentives in “economic diplomacy” and public procurement; leadership by example in their role as economic actors; provision of guidance (including for SMEs); and promotion of multi-stakeholder dialogue.

The Forum provides an opportunity for States and other stakeholders to engage in dialogue on the emerging practices, shortcomings and solutions highlighted by the Working Group.

How to participate:
States that wish to share their experiences and perspectives are invited to pre-register by sending an email to wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line:
“Forum GOVT. ACTION – [country name]”.
Although speaking time is limited (3 minutes for statements), all States will be able to submit statements to be posted on the Forum webpage. States should indicate whether they would like to speak in part I or part II, or both.
States are encouraged to participate with representatives from across relevant Government ministries, departments and agencies.
Other participants wishing to join the multi-stakeholder dialogue on lessons learned and ways forward are also invited to sign up in advance by sending an email to forumbhr@ohchr.org, cc: wg-business@ohchr.org  with cc to bhrforum@ohchr.org including in the subject line: “2018 Forum GOVT. ACTION session – Multi-stakeholder dialogue - [name of organization]”. Interventions should be no more than 2-3 minutes in order to allow time for as many stakeholder perspectives as possible. Written statements may be submitted for posting on the Forum web page. Those signing up for the speaker list should indicate whether they wish to speak in part I or part II, or both.



Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
avatar for Daniel Morris

Daniel Morris

Adviser, Human Rights and Business, The Danish Institute for Human Rights

Speakers
avatar for Jakob Kiefer

Jakob Kiefer

CSR Ambassador, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Sweden
KO

Ken Okaniwa

Ambassador, Permanent Mission of Japan in Geneva
avatar for Fabrizio Petri

Fabrizio Petri

President of the Italian Inter-ministerial Committee for Human Rights, The Government of Italy
BHR, HUMAN RIGHTS, LGBTI RIGHTS, ATHEISM
avatar for Irene Maria Plank

Irene Maria Plank

Head of Division “Business and Human Rights”, Federal Foreign Office, Germany
avatar for Stella Wangechi

Stella Wangechi

Senior Human Rights Officer, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, Kenya
The NAP development process in Kenya


Monday November 26, 2018 4:40pm - 6:00pm
Room XX
 
Tuesday, November 27
 

8:30am

Crowd-drafting: Designing a human rights-compatible international investment agreement
Session led by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description
International investment and trade agreements (IIAs) can foster economic development. At the same time, IIAs could impact adversely the realisation of human rights in diverse ways: e.g., constraining the legal or policy space available to states to regulate the conduct of investors, divorcing rights of investors from their human rights responsibilities, and limiting affected communities’ right to seek effective remedies against investors for project-related human rights abuses.
Principle 9 of the UNGPs therefore reminds States to “maintain adequate domestic policy space to meet their human rights obligations when pursuing business-related policy objectives with other States or business enterprises, for instance through investment treaties or contracts.” But how could states maintain such domestic policy space? What provisions should be explicitly included in IIAs to make them compatible with international human rights law? How could such changes in IIAs contribute to developing an international investment governance framework conducive to achieving sustainable development goals (SDGs)?

Session objectives
This session aims to:
  • Invite experts dealing with the intersection of investment law and human rights law to develop concrete proposals to inform the current IIAs regime’s reform;
  • Provide a platform to brainstorm collectively and critically the potential as well as limitations of developing human rights-compatible IIAs; and
  • Inform the UN Working Group’s work concerning guidance to states in implementing Principle 9 of the UNGPs.

Key considerations
While developing reform proposals, the following considerations should be kept in mind:
  • One may work individually or in a team to develop a reform proposal;
  • In terms of length, each proposal should not be more than 2-3 pages;
  • Person(s) submitting a proposal are free to focus on any one or more relevant aspects of IIAs (e.g., rights of states, obligations of investors, exceptions to expropriation, impact assessment, dispute settlement);
  • If the proposal is inspired by an existing model IIA or reform proposals mooted by an organisation/academic, this should be expressly acknowledged;
  • In developing proposals, person(s) submitting proposals are strongly encouraged to consult and/or consider the views of communities affected by investment projects and
  • Email the proposal to forumbhr@ohchr.org latest by 5 November 2018.

Format of the session
The UN Working Group will issue an open call to invite reform proposals for this session. All received proposals will be posted on the project webpage. However, due to time constraints, the proposers of only 3-4 proposals selected by the Working Group will be invited to introduce their ideas. This will be followed by brief comments by expert panellists on the viability of presented proposals and then an open discussion in view of comments or questions from the floor.

Background information
Outcome Document on the Roundtable on “Impacts of the Investment Regime on Access to Justice
Investment Policy Blog: Managing States’ “Fatal Attraction” to International Investment Agreements
UNCTAD’s Reform Package for the International Investment Regime


Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
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 →

Speakers
avatar for Alessandra Arcuri

Alessandra Arcuri

Professor, Erasmus School of Law
Alessandra Arcuri is Professor of Inclusive Global Law and Governance at the Department of International and European Union Law, Erasmus School of Law, Erasmus University Rotterdam. Her research focuses on international economic law and the relationship with human rights and environmental... Read More →
avatar for Tara Van Ho

Tara Van Ho

Lecturer, University of Essex
I am lecturer in law and human rights at one of the largest human rights centres in the world, and a Core Member of the Essex Business and Human Rights Project. I work with states, IGOs, NGOs, and companies to secure better laws and legal compliance in the area of business and human... Read More →
avatar for Markus Krajewski

Markus Krajewski

Professor, University of Erlangen-Nürnberg
Markus Krajewski is is University Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg and holds the Chair in Public Law and Public International Law. He is one of the programme directors of the MA in Human Rights and chairperson of the Interdisciplinary Research Centre for Human Rights... Read More →
avatar for Elisabeth Tuerk

Elisabeth Tuerk

Chief International Investment Agreements Section. Division on Investment and Enterprise, UNCTAD
Ms Elisabeth Tuerk is Chief of the Section on International Investment Agreements (IIAs) in UNCTAD's Division on Investment and Enterprise (DIAE). She leads the Section's work across the three pillars of UNCTAD activities: research and analysis, capacity-building and consensus-building. The... Read More →
avatar for Joe Zhang

Joe Zhang

Law Advisor, International Institute for Sustainable Development
Joe Zhang works as a Law Advisor at IISD’s Geneva Office. His work focuses on international investment law and policy. Since joining IISD, Joe has been advising developing country governments on international investment law issues, investment treaty negotiations, investment contract... Read More →



Tuesday November 27, 2018 8:30am - 9:45am
Room XVII

10:00am

Plenary II: Building coherence and reaching scale on human rights due diligence – International organizations' leadership perspectives
http://webtv.un.org/meetings-events/human-rights-council/forum-on-business-and-human-rights/watch/plenary-ii-building-coherence-forum-on-business-and-human-rights-2018/5972065478001/?term=

Interpretation is provided in English, French, Spanish and Korean.

Under the title “Building coherence and reaching scale on human rights due diligence – International organizations' leadership perspectives”, the plenary convenes senior leaders from the UN and international organizations working to promote responsible business conduct and sustainability.
The high-level plenary provides an opportunity for signaling alignment of international standards and action to promote corporate respect for human rights, as well as for reinforcing the message that business respect for human rights must be at the heart of corporate contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
A central aim is to signal alignment on the importance of corporate human rights due diligence to enable business enterprises meet their responsibility to respect human rights.


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
avatar for Michelle Bachelet

Michelle Bachelet

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
On September 1, 2018 Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner.Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile... Read More →
avatar for Lise Kingo

Lise Kingo

CEO and Executive Director, UN Global Compact
Lise Kingo is the CEO and Executive Director of the United Nations Global Compact, which is the world’s largest corporate sustainability initiative with more than 13,500 signatories from 170 countries that have committed to aligning strategies and operations with universal principles... Read More →
avatar for Masamichi Kono

Masamichi Kono

Deputy Secretary-General, The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
Mr. Masamichi Kono was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD in August 2017. His portfolio includes the strategic direction of OECD policy on Environment, Development, Green Growth, Science and Technology Policy and Innovation, Financial and Enterprise Affairs and Anti-C... Read More →
avatar for Guy Ryder

Guy Ryder

Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took office on 1 October 2012. Guy Ryder sees the ILO as absolutely central to the questions of the day: jobs, social protection, the fight against poverty, and equality. For this reason, he wants to reinforce the ILO's place at the centre of international... Read More →
avatar for Haoliang Xu

Haoliang Xu

Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)
Haoliang Xu was appointed Assistant Administrator and Director for the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific by the United Nations Secretary-General in September 2013. Previously, Mr. Xu was Deputy Regional Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent... Read More →


Tuesday November 27, 2018 10:00am - 11:15am
Room XX