Govts. & businesses must place human rights at heart of development agenda, stresses UN working group

In advance of the UN Private Sector Forum 2017, the UN working group on business & human rights released a statement stressing that efforts to engage the private sector with the UN’s global development goals must be aligned with human rights. In the statement, the working group refers to its 10 key recommendations on how Governments and businesses should embed human rights in partnerships to achieve the SDGs.

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15 September 2017

Governments and businesses must place human rights at heart of development agenda, UN experts stress

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

Efforts to engage the private sector with the UN’s global development goals must be aligned with human rights, a group of UN experts has stressed ahead of a major forum on the issue... “The most powerful way for businesses to contribute to sustainable development is to embed respect for human rights into all their operations and value chains,” said Anita Ramasastry, one of the five members of the UN Working Group on business and human rights...“Governments, for their part, need to meet their own obligations to protect human rights and give businesses incentives to respect the rights of people affected by their activities... The UN’s 2030 Agenda references the Guiding Principles and underlines that SDG actions must adhere to international standards. What is needed now, is for Governments, businesses and civil society to work together to put these Principles into practice."

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29 June 2017

UN Working Group statement on business and human rights and sustainable development

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights

"The business and human rights dimension of sustainable development: Embedding “Protect, Respect and Remedy” in SDGs implementation"

The 2030 Agenda [for Sustainable Development Goals] emphasizes that the business sector is a key partner for the United Nations and governments in achieving the SDGs. Notably goal 17 speaks of revitalizing global partnerships for sustainable development, including public-private partnerships. Paragraph 67 of the 2030 Agenda calls on “all businesses to apply their creativity and innovation to solving sustainable development challenges” and commits States to “foster a dynamic and wellfunctioning business sector, while protecting labour rights and environmental and health standards in accordance with international standards and agreements and other ongoing related initiatives, such as the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights…”. 

...The UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights urges Governments to set a clear vision for connecting the role of the private sector and businesses in development with accountability and internationally agreed standards for business practices aligned with human rights. It also calls on business to meeting their responsibility to respect for human rights as an integral component of their contribution to the SDGs. The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights should be a key reference point for both States and business in this context.

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