Africa Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights - 16-18 Sep, Addis Ababa

AfricaThe UN Working Group on business & human rights convened an "African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights", 16-18 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.  Click here for "Practical information".

Business & Human Rights Resource Centre received several NGO commentaries about the Forum and its goals, to date only in French - click here.

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Author: Haut-commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme, Groupe de travail de l'ONU sur les entreprises et les droits de l'homme

« Réservez la date : Forum régional africain sur les entreprises et les droits de l'homme, 16-18 septembre 2014, Addis-Abeba (Éthiopie) »

Le groupe de travail sur les entreprises et les droits de l'homme organisera le Forum régional sur les entreprises et les droits de l'homme qui aura lieu du 16 au 18 septembre 2014, à Addis-Abeba, en Éthiopie. Le Forum est co-organisé par la Commission de l'Union Africaine, la Commission économique des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique (UNCEA)et le Bureau du Haut-Commissaire des Nations Unies aux droits de l'homme (HCDH)...Le Forum offre une plate-forme régionale multipartite pour créer un dialogue sur la mise en œuvre des Principes directeurs relatifs aux entreprises et aux droits de l’homme...Le forum sera ouvert à la participation des entreprises..., des associations d’entreprises, des gouvernements,...de la société civile, des institutions nationales des droits de l'homme et des parties prenantes intéressées. Les objectifs principaux sont de promouvoir le dialogue et la coopération...sur les questions liées aux entreprises et les droits de l’homme..., d’offrir des possibilités de renforcement des capacités..., d'identifier les questions importantes et les défis à relever..., d’identifier les pratiques innovantes...Les questions principales qui seront abordées...incluent les défis et les possibilités...liés : aux plans d’action nationaux, à l'accès à des recours efficaces (à la fois judiciaire et non-judiciaire), aux investissements dans les ressources naturelles (industries d’extraction et acquisitions des terres à grande échelle), au rôle important des petites et moyennes entreprises (PME) et du secteur informel, aux moyens de promouvoir la prévention et l'atténuation des risques liés aux entreprises et les droits de l’homme...

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2 July 2014

UN announces Africa Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights - 16-18 Sep, Addis Ababa

Author: Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, UN Working Group on business & human rights

"Save-the-Date: African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, 16-18 September 2014, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)"

The United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights is convening the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights...from 16 to 18 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The Forum is co-hosted by the African Union Commission, the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA) and the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)...The Forum provides a multi-stakeholder regional platform for dialogue on the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...Participants will include representatives from...businesses, industry associations, Governments,...civil society, national human rights institutions and other stakeholders. The main goals are to promote multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation on business and human rights..., provide capacity-building..., identify material issues and challenges..., identify emerging innovative practices...Key issues that will be expected to be addressed...include challenges and opportunities...related to: National action plans, Access to effective remedies (both judicial and non-judicial), Investment in natural resources (extractive industries and land), The important role of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and the informal sector, Ways of promoting the prevention and mitigation of business-related human rights risks...

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27 August 2014

African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, 16-18 September 2014, Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)

...The Forum provides a multi-stakeholder regional platform for dialogue on the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...The main goals are to promote multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation..., provide capacity-building opportunities for practitioners and civil society, identify material issues and challenges..., identify emerging innovative practices...and reinforce synergies between global efforts and initiatives at the regional and local levels.

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Author: Groupe de travail des Nations Unies sur les entreprises et les droits de l'homme

...Le Forum offre une plate-forme régionale multipartite pour créer un dialogue sur la mise en œuvre des Principes directeurs relatifs aux entreprises et aux droits de l’homme...Les objectifs principaux sont de promouvoir le dialogue et la coopération entre toutes les parties prenantes sur les questions liées aux entreprises et les droits de l’homme..., d’offrir des possibilités de renforcement des capacités pour les professionnels et la société civile, d'identifier les questions importantes et les défis à relever dans la région, d’identifier les pratiques innovantes...et de renforcer les synergies entre les efforts et les initiatives au niveau régional et local.

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10 September 2014

Forum agenda

Author: Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises

The United Nations Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises...is convening the African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights, due to be held from 16 to 18 September 2014 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia...The Regional Forum will provide a multi-stakeholder regional platform for dialogue on the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, which are the United Nations-endorsed standard for preventing and addressing adverse human rights impacts arising from business activities...

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12 September 2014

African Union & EU hold meeting to promote UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (Addis Ababa, 16 Sep)

"African Union & European Union cooperate to promote UN Principles on Business and Human Rights", 12 Sep 2014

The African Union Commission (AUC) and the European Union (EU) will be organizing a joint meeting to promote corporate social responsibility based on the United Nations Principles on September 16, 2014 in Addis Ababa.The meeting aims to support the African Union to develop a continental business and human rights framework based on the UN Guiding Principles on Human Rights and Business...Policy makers, businesses and civil society will debate with the objective to promote the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) on Business and HumanRights in Europe and Africa and foster peer learning opportunities as well as identify potential areas of future cooperation between EU and AUC.

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14 September 2014

Executive summary: "Business & human rights in Africa: Time for a responsibility revolution"

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

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14 September 2014

Full report: "Business & human rights in Africa: Time for a responsibility revolution"

Author: Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

[refers to African Minerals, AGIP (part of Eni), Amesys (part of Bull), Areva, ASDA (part of Walmart), Barclays, British American Tobacco, China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC), Coca-Cola, Danzer, Ernst & Young, Etisalat, ExxonMobil, FinFisher, Gamma Group, George Forrest, Hacking Team, HP (Hewlett-Packard), Huawei Technologies, Intel, Japan Tobacco International, LINKdotNet, Lonmin, Lundin Mining, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions, MTN, Nestlé, Nevsun, Noor Group, Orange, Paladin Energy, PepsiCo, Philip Morris International, Samsung, Shell, Sime Darby, Sinovatio, SOCO International, Sustainable Oils Cameroon (part of Herakles Farms), Tenke Fungurume (joint venture Freeport-McMoRan, Lundin, Gécamines), Tullow Oil, Unilever, Vale, Vodafone, Wilmar International, WISCO (Wuhan Iron & Steel), Zain, ZTE]

[Executive summary in French available here]

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16 September 2014

[PDF] What To Do When Project Impacts Are In Dispute? Participatory Monitoring and Joint Fact-finding

Author: Scott Adams, Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO), IFC & MIGA, Banque Mondiale

The Office of the Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) is the independent recourse mechanism for projects supported by the International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA)--the private sector arms of the World Bank Group. CAO responds to complaints from project-affected communities with the goal of enhancing social and environmental outcomes on the ground. CAO reports directly to the President of the World Bank Group...Seven broad principles guide the development of effective participatory [water] monitoring programs: 1. Participation. Active participation gives those most directly affected equal voice in the design process, program implementation, and data analysis; 2. Transparency. Participants have access to information that is understandable and allows them to make informed decisions; 3. Fair Process. A fair process leads to a credible program based on learning and mutual understanding, which becomes the basis for corrective action; 4. Negotiation. Parties negotiate to reach agreement at each stage of the process: from determining what will be monitored or evaluated to deciding how and when data will be collected, interpreting what the data actually mean, agreeing to how findings will be shared, and outlining what actions will be taken...[Refers to Maple Energy and Nicaragua Sugar Estates Limited (NSEL)].

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16 September 2014

Business and human rights in Africa – first UN regional forum from 16-18 September

Author: Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Business enterprises, governments, civil society and national human rights institutions from across Africa will meet in Addis Ababa from 16 to 18 September to discuss key business and human rights challenges for the continent. The African Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights is convened by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights with the support of the African Union, the UN Economic Commission for Africa and the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. It will bring together 250 participants. “This meeting...is the first time such a wide range of stakeholders will gather to openly discuss how better to ensure that human rights, business and economic development work together. It is a unique opportunity to promote national and regional action plans on business and human rights and the scaling up of responsible business practice,” said Michael K. Addo, who chairs the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights...The UN Working Group will give a press conference together with some of the participants and supporting organizations at 2 pm on Thursday 18 September 2014 at the UN Conference Centre (Press Briefing Room), Addis Ababa.

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