3rd annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights announced (Geneva, 1-3 Dec 2014)

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2014 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights [Geneva, 1-3 Dec 2014]

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

The United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights was established to serve as a key global platform for stakeholders to take stock of such challenges and discuss the way forward, and the first two Forums, held in 2012 and 2013, have been the largest global gatherings for multistakeholder dialogue on business and human rights to date. Building on the previous two events, the third Forum, to be held from 1 to 3 December 2014 in Geneva...and guided by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, will focus on the following main areas: Strengthening multi-stakeholder dialogue and engagement...Discussing national action plans to implement the Guiding Principles...Exploring access to effective remedy...Identifying current and good practice...The Forum is open to all relevant stakeholder groups including States, the wider United Nations system, intergovernmental and regional organizations, business enterprises and associations, labour unions, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, academics, indigenous peoples and affected communities. Registration will open in June 2014.

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22 May 2014

Side Events [for UN Forum, Geneva, 1-3 Dec 2014 - deadline: 1 Aug 2014]

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Proposals for side events can be made via the online form on https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/3rdAnnualForumonBusinessandHR. The initial deadline is 1 July. The side event proposal should specify the theme, objective, organisers and contact person (email address). Side events should be linked to the Forum's mandate to discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and promote multistakeholder dialogues and cooperation on business and human rights. Kindly note that there are only a limited number of rooms and time slots available for side events. Decisions on side events will be made on the basis of availability, relevance of the proposed topic to the Forum's mandate, and considerations regarding stakeholder balance. Side event organisers will be responsible for all logistics other than room booking.

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2 July 2014

UN soliciting input to 3rd UN Forum on Business & Human Rights - deadline extended to 1 Aug

Author: Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

"Provide input to the third United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights! [deadline 1 Aug]"

The third United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 3 December 2014. The Forum, which is the largest multi-stakeholder conversation on business and human rights, was established by the UN Human Rights Council to discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights. The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights...would like to welcome suggestions from all stakeholders...The Working Group and the Forum Secretariat are grateful to stakeholders who take a moment to reply. By completing this quick survey, you can help shape the next annual Forum! [Side event proposals should specify the theme, objective, organisers and contact person (email address).  Deadline extended to 1 August 2014.]

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28 November 2014

CALS-SMU coalition submission to the UN Working Group on business and human rights

Author: Centre for Applied Legal Studies and Singapore Management University School of Law

'Coalitions's submission to the Working Group', 129 Nov 2014:CALS (Centre for Applied Legal  Studies )-SMU (Singapore Management University) Coalition (“the Coalition”) on NAPS: Update on Preliminary Guidance on National Action Plans and developments in business and human rights in Africa and Asia...this document is an update of our research requested by the Working Group, from a coalition of academic and independent institutions from the Global South...As the Working Group lays the foundation stone for States to develop, enact and update national action plans regarding business and human rights (NAPs), we take this opportunity to highlight contemporary developments in Africa and Asia that may be relevant to the Working Group’s preliminary guidance that will be presented at the Third Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights, to be held in Geneva from 1-3 December 2014...

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