2018 UN Forum on Business & Human Rights launches call for session proposals (due 25 May)

Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Published on: 5 April 2018

Under the central theme of “Business respect for human rights – building on what works ”, the 2018 Forum aims to drill down on what has been working to date in terms of government, civil society and business practice, but also on what is not working and where current efforts are falling short, and how to fill the gaps. A key concept and tool is corporate human rights due diligence, which will be a major focus of the 2018 event. The Forum will examine both emerging practice and enabling factors for corporate human rights due diligence, addressing not only current business practice, but also government action to lead by example in its role as economic actor and to incentivize good business practice, as well as innovations from civil society and rights holders.

... The Forum will also address various issues in focus [including]... [c]orporate engagement on the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development; human rights defenders, civic freedoms and the role of business; gender, business and human rights; and Indigenous peoples rights and impacts of business activities... They may also include emerging or systemic issues that confront the business and human rights agenda, such as: Climate change and human rights – and the transition to a green economy; Corruption, tax, inequality, and human rights; Technology, the fourth industrial revolution and human rights; [and] The role of business in standing up for human rights... All inputs should be submitted via this online form. Deadline: 25 May. For queries, please contact [email protected].

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