Side event on Children's Rights & Business



during the United Nations Human Rights Council session

Children's Rights & Business

co-organised by UNICEF and Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Tuesday 14 June, 12:00-14:00
at Palais des Nations (United Nations Geneva), Room XXVII
(a security pass is required for access to Palais des Nations)

This side event brings together a broad range of panellists to discuss a subject gaining increased attention: what children’s rights mean for the private sector. This relates not only to child labour, but to all aspects in which business practices impact on children in the workplace, marketplace and community – including but not limited to the right of children to health and education; trafficking of children in the supply chain; sexual exploitation of children; working conditions that impact workers in their roles as parents; etc.

Several new initiatives will be explained, including:

  • The current initiative by UNICEF, Save the Children and UN Global Compact to develop Children’s Rights and Business Principles;
  • The forthcoming drafting of a general comment on business & children’s rights by the Committee on the Rights of the Child; and
  • The launch (at this side event) of an online “Business & Children’s Rights Portal” by Business & Human Rights Resource Centre.

Panellists will include:

  • Leila Pakkala, Director of Private Fundraising and Partnerships, UNICEF
  • Henrik Holmquist, Advisor - Office of the Secretary-General, Save the Children Sweden
  • Marta Maurás, independent expert, Committee on the Rights of the Child
  • Ulf Karlberg, Co-Chair, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Christopher Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Representative of a company working on children's rights initiatives (to be confirmed)