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[PDF] Opening Remarks at Mandate Consultation with Civil Society [Geneva, 11-12 Oct 2010]

Author: Professor John G. Ruggie, Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, Published on: 11 October 2010

Following this round of stakeholder consultations, I will prepare the concrete guidance the [UN Human Rights] Council has requested — a set of “Guiding Principles for the implementation of the Protect, Respect and Remedy framework.”...[A]llow me to take another minute or two to acknowledge my awareness of concerns that some of you have expressed because I have not always followed traditional human rights strategies and tactics, including those of Special Procedures... In the end, some of you may continue to disagree with my approach. I have no problem with that, but let’s not spend too much time on that. I really do need and value your advice on the immediate task we face: how to move from the framework to viable Guiding Principles, and what viable options I should put before the Council for how it can best follow up on the mandate when it ends next June.

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