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Uses of UN Guiding Principles: Intergovernmental organizations

UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
- Uses by intergovernmental organizations

 

  • Additional references to Guiding Principles by intergovernmental organizations & others, before they were endorsed in June 2011: see this page of the portal on UN Special Representative John Ruggie's work
  • Applications of UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" framework by intergovernmental organizations and others, identified by Special Representative Ruggie during his mandate (Jul 2005-Jun 2011): click here
     

 

UN system

 

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights 2012: Presentations & discussions at first annual Forum

 

UN Committee on the Rigths of the Child: The Committee on the Rights of the Child is drafting a "General Comment on State Obligations regarding the Impact of Business on Child Rights".  Information on progress is provided in the Business & Children Bulletin, Dec 2012 available here.

 

UN Special Rapporteur on Trafficking: "Fighting trafficking is everyone's business - corporations must strive for trafficking-free supply chains", 14 Nov 2012
[русский] "Специальный докладчик призвала международные корпорации не допускать эксплуатации жертв торговли людьми", 14 ноября 2012

 

UN Secretary-General & UN system: "Contribution of the United Nations system as a whole to the advancement of the business and human rights agenda and the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles and Human Rights – Report of the Secretary General", 2 Jul 2012
- the report followed a call for input (in all 6 UN languages) and submissions are available here.
[français] « Rapport du Secrétaire général de l'ONU : Contribution du système des Nations Unies dans son ensemble à l’avancement du débat relatif à la question des entreprises et des droits de l’homme » , 2 juillet 2012
[español] "Contribución del sistema de las Naciones Unidas en conjunto a la promoción del programa relativo a las empresas y los derechos humanos y a la divulgación y aplicación de los Principios Rectores sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos", Informe del Secretario general de la ONU, 2 julio 2012
ﻣﺴﺎهمة ﻣﻨﻈﻮﻣﺔ ﺍﻷﻣﻢ المتحدة ﻛﻜﻞ في ﺍﻟﻨﻬﻮﺽ ﺑبرﻧـﺎﻣﺞ ﺍﻷﻋﻤـال ﺍﻟﺘﺠﺎﺭﻳﺔ ﻭﺣﻘﻮﻕ ﺍﻹﻧﺴﺎﻥ ﻭﻧﺸﺮ ﻭﺗﻨﻔﻴﺬ المبادئ ﺍﻟﺘﻮﺟﻴﻬﻴـﺔ المتعلقة ﺑﺎﻷﻋﻤﺎﻝ
[русский] Вклад системы Организации Объединенных Наций в целом в продвижение повестки дня, касающейся предпринимательской деятельности и прав человека, и распространение и осуществление Руководящих принципов предпринимательской деятельности в аспекте прав человека - Доклад Генерального секретаря, 2 июля 2012

 

UN Special Rapporteurs, Independent Experts & Working Groups: "If Rio+20 is to deliver, accountability must be at its heart - Open letter to States negotiating the Outcome Document of the Rio+20 Summit", Olivier De Schutter Special Rapporteur on right to food; Catarina de Alburquerque, Special Rapporteur on rights to water & sanitation; Chaloka Beyani, Special Rapporteur on rights of internally displaced persons; François Crépeau Special Rapporteur on rights of migrants; Virginia Dandan, Independent Expert on human rights and international solidarity; Calin Georgescu, Special Rapporteur on toxic waste; Anand Grover, Special Rapporteur on the right to health; Rita Izsak, Independent Expert on minority issues; Maina Kiai, Special Rapporteur on freedom of assembly & association; Frank La Rue, Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion & expression; Cephas Lumina , Independent Expert on foreign debt & human rights; Rashida Manjoo, Special Rapporteur on violence against women; Raquel Rolnik, Special Rapporteur on right to housing; Magdalena Sepúlveda, Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty & human rights; Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on human rights defenders; Farida Shaheed, Independent Expert on cultural rights; Kishore Singh, Special Rapporteur on right to education; Kamala Chandrakirana, Chair-Rapporteur of Working Group on discrimination against women; Margaret Jungk, Chair-Rapporteur of Working Group on business & human rights, Mar 2012

 

"Respecting the rights of people in sustainable development: The role of business -- Background Note: Rio+20 must be aligned with UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights" [PDF], UN Working Group on business & human rights, Mar 2012

 

UN Human Rights Committee: "DIHR: First to raise Guiding Principles with UN Human Rights Committee", Danish Institute for Human Rights, 11 Aug 2011
[includes recommendations to Human Rights Committee on issues to include in periodic state reports under Intl. Covenant on Civil & Political Rights]

 

UNICEF & UN Global Compact: "Children's rights are finally getting the attention they deserve", Margaret Wachenfeld, Institute for Human Rights in Guardian [UK], 30 Mar 2012
"The new Children's Rights and Business Principles launched earlier this month build on the UN Protect, Respect, Remedy Framework and Guiding Principles, and call on businesses to carry out human rights due diligence..."

 

UN Human Rights Council: Summary of "High Level Discussion on advancing Business and Human Rights in the Human Rights Council"- side event at UN, Intl. Commission of Jurists, 21 Jun

 

 
Regional bodies

 

"Report on Corporate Social Responsibility: promoting society’s interests and a route to sustainable and inclusive recovery", Richard Howitt, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, 6 Feb 2013 

 

"Corporate social responsibility (CSR): clear interpretation of the concept of 'reasonable care'", European Parliament, 17 Dec 2012

 

"Regional Workshop and Consultation on Business and Human Rights: ASEAN to mainstream human rights, gender equality, sustainable development, and environmental protection across the three pillars of the ASEAN Community", ASEAN Foundation, 14 Dec 2012

 

"Global Compact Releases Draft Guide for Business on Indigenous Peoples' Rights, Calls for comments", UN Global Compact, 10 Dec 2012

 

"Presentation of Richard Howitt MEP, European Parliament Rapporteur on Corporate Social Responsibility, on 'Challenges for the State Duty to Protect" toe the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights", 5 Dec 2012
For more from UN Forum click here

 

"Report of pilot business study on implementation of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights", UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights, 2 Dec 2012
[español] "Encuesta de Naciones Unidas sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos", ICC Chile

 

"Financing Human Rights Abuse: The Role of Public and Private Financial Institutions", BankTrack, ECA Watch, Center for Intl. Environmental Law, Dec 2012

 

"A guide to human rights for small and medium-sized enterprises", Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, European Commission, developed by Global CSR, Dec 2012

 

Consultation on draft Oil & Gas sector guidance on implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights, closes Feb 2013, Institute for Human Rights and Business & Shfit for European Commission

 

[français] L'Union africaine et l'Union européenne abordent les questions de mise en œuvre des Principles directeurs, Africa & Europe in Partnership, 19 novembre 2012

 

"Draft feasibility study on corporate social responsibility in the field of human rights" Steering Committe for Human Rights, Council of Europe, 16 nov 2012
[français] "Project d'étude de faisabilité sur la responsailité sociale des entreprises dans le domaine des droits de l'homme"

 

"Review of the OECD Recommendations of the Council on Common Approaches for Officially Supported Export Credits and Environmental and Social Due Diligence", Amnesty, 12 Nov 2012
[francais] "Version révisée de la Recommandation du Conseil sur des approches communes pour les crédits à l'exportation bénéficiant d'un soutient public et le devoirde diligence environnementale et sociale adoptée par le Conseil de l'OCDE"

 

"Re: World Bank Group Should Commit to Human Rights", Center for Intl. Environmental Law, Amnesty Intl., Human Rights Watch, 8 Nov 2012

 

[français] « Le sens de la 3e communication de la Commission européenne sur la RSE », Ministère des Affiares Etrangères, France, 25 octobre 2012

 

[français] « La Francophonie déterminée à promouvoir la bonne governance » Sommet de la Francophonie, 17 octobre 2012

 

"The role of non-EU national human rights institutions in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights", European Parliament", Oct 2012

 

Online consultation on Draft Guide on Human Rights for small & medium-sized enterprises, being conducted by Global CSR until 26 Sep 2012

 

European Commission's Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry is developing "sector-specific guidance on the corporate responsibility to respect human rights...based on the UN Guiding Principles" for three sectors: Employment & recruitment, Information & communication technology  (ICT) and Oil & gas - Announcement, Discussion papers & submissions to consultation (May-Jul 2012), and timeline for drafting & finalising Guidance are available here.

 

Recommendations of the Council on common approaches for officially supported export credits and environmental and social due diligence, OECD 28 Jun 2012

 

"From Principles to Practice: The European Union operationalizing the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", Expert Conference hosted by the Danish EU Presidency, May 2012
- also provided: Discussion paper on EU priorities for the further implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

 

"The ECCJ's recommendations on EU priorities for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", European Coalition for Corporate Justice, May 2012
[español] "Empresa y Derechos Humanos: de los principios a la práctica" Observatorio de RSC, 5 julio 2012

 

"EU May Probe Bahrain Spy Gear Abuses", Vernon Silver, Bloomberg, 24 Aug 2011
"...the EU is also considering how to support the implementation of [the Guiding Principles]..."

 

"UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and IFC Sustainability Framework", Intl. Finance Corporation

 

"A renewed EU strategy 2011-2014 for Corporate Social Responsibility", European Commission, 25 May 2011
" ...Better implementation of the UN Guiding Principles will contribute to EU objectives regarding specific human rights issues and core labour standards..."