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[PDF] Keynote Remarks at Extraordinary Plenary - Voluntary Principles on Security & Human Rights

Author: John Ruggie, Harvard University, former UN Special Representative on business & human rights, Published on: 15 September 2011

...[This] initiative...deals with the most palpable and widely recognized of all human rights: the physical security and integrity of the person...You understand better than I that managing this challenge was made more difficult by the fact that many foundational issues...were left unaddressed when the initiative was launched...But I do know...that the VPs are well positioned to help bring about desired change...I’d like to...reflect on what’s happened in the wider world of business and human rights since you last met...[and] to offer some observations on next steps for the VPs...[Regarding] next steps for the VPs...I am only stating the obvious when I say that expanding the number and diversity of participants is your greatest need, in the government and company pillars...and...presumably in the NGO pillar as well....[Let] me briefly address two other issues: the role of governments, and the issue of assurance.

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