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Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights
First annual forum: Geneva, 4-5 Dec 2012

 

The annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is organised by the UN Working Group on business & human rights.  The first annual Forum will be held in Geneva, 4-5 Dec 2012, and chaired by Professor John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights.

 

Official page on website of Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
   - Invitation to register [PDF], 31 Aug 2012, and further information for all participants on how to register - deadline 1 Nov
   - [español] Invitación para registrarse al primer Foro sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos, Ginebra, 4-5 de diciembre - fecha límite para registrarse: 1 de noviembre
   - [francais] Invitation à s'inscrire pour participer au premier Forum de l'ONU sur les entreprises et les droits de l'homme, Genève 4-5 déc. - date limite d'inscription: 1 nov.
   - Practical information for all participants

 

Key documents for the Forum

 

Provisional agenda
[español]
[francais] 

 

Background note by the Secretariat
[español]

 

Concept note by the Working Group
[español]

 

Draft preliminary programme of work and side events (only available in English)

 

 

 

Mandate & preparation

 

The Secretariat of the Human Rights Council has posted a Note Verbale regarding nominations for the chairperson of the first session of the Forum on Business and Human Rights (4-5 Dec 2012).  Deadline for nominations: 30 Aug

 

Planning for the Forum was the subject of the UN Working Group on business & human rights' second session, 7-11 May 2012.  See also interventions made at this session and the Working Group's report of the outcome of the session.

 

The Human Rights Council established the Forum on Business and Human Rights in the same resolution that established the Working Group, and mandated it "to discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights, including challenges faced in particular sectors, operational environments or in relation to specific rights or groups, as well as identifying good practices...[The] Forum shall be open to the participation of States, United Nations mechanisms, bodies and specialized agencies, funds and programmes, intergovernmental organizations, regional organizations and mechanisms in the field of human rights, national human rights institutions and other relevant bodies, transnational corporations and other business enterprises, business associations, labour unions, academics and experts in the field of business and human rights, representatives of indigenous peoples and non-governmental organizations..."  The Forum meets annually for two working days.

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