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UN Forum 2016: Side events

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14 November 2016

Side events by Danish Institute for Human Rights

Author: Danish Institute for Human Rights

"UN Forum on Business and Human Rights," Nov 2016

The Danish institute for Human Rights...is participating in or co-organising the following events.

Monday 14 November

15:00-16:20: Lessons from the field when implementing human rights impact assessments. Room: XX

  • Sarah Zoen, Oxfam (Moderator)
  • Fernanda Hopenhaym, PODER Mexico
  • Michael Clements, LHR South Africa
  • Gustavo Ferroni, Oxfam Brazil
  • Eniko Horvath, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Aung Kyaw Soe, Myanmar Centre for Responsible Business

Organisers:  Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, Danish Institute for Human Rights, FIDH, Oxfam, PODER.

18:15-19:30: Book Launch: Business and human rights- Reflections from Latin America. Room: XXI

  • Humberto Cantú Rivera, Panthéon-Assas University (Moderator)
  • Phil Bloomer, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
  • Surya Deva, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
  • Fernanda Hopenhaym, PODER
  • Paloma Muñoz Quick, Danish Institute for Human Rights
  • Santiago Ramírez Reyes, Panthéon-Sorbonne University
  • Ramiro Rivadeneira Silva, National Human Rights Institution of Ecuador (video)
  • Nicolás Carrillo Santarelli, La Sabana University, Colombia (video)

Organisers; Instituto Interamericano de Derechos Humanos (Inter-American Institute for Human Rights)

Wednesday 16 November

08:20-09:40 - Securing Respect for Human rights in the Global Transition to Renewable Energy. Room: XXIII

  • Phil Bloomer, Executive Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre (Moderator)
  • Albert Barume, UN Expert Mechanism on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
  • France Bourgouin, Head of Responsible Sourcing
  • Jelena Stamenkova van Rumpt, Responsible Investment Advisor, PGGM Investments
  • Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, UN Special Rapporteur on the Rights of Indigenous People

Organisers: Danish Institute for Human Rights and DONG Energy

08:20-09:40 - Government procurement: emerging practice in the apparel and electronics sectors. Room XXII

  • Robert Stumberg, Director, Harrison Institute for Public Law (Moderator)
  • Katherine Schwenn, City of Madison, Wisconsin, USA
  • Leslie Johnston, Executive Director, C&A Foundation
  • Pauline Gothberg, National Coordinator, Swedish County Councils
  • Marcel Jacobs, Director of Supplier Sustainability, Philips
  • Björn Claeson, Director, Electronics Watch (Commentator)
  • Kevin Funk, Senior Advisor, U.S. General Services Administration Organisers (Commentator)

Organisers: Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University, ICAR, Electronics Watch and Danish Institute for Human Rights

10:00-11:20- Public Procurement, Human rights and Sustainable Development: the need for policy coherence. Room: XXII

  • Dante Pesce, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Speakers
  • Trinidad Inostroza, Chile Compra Chile Compra; President, Inter-American Network for Government Procurement
  • Caroline Nicholas, Senior Legal Officer, International Trade Law Division, UNCITRAL
  • Claire Methven O'Brien, Danish Institute for Human Rights; International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights (tbc)
  • Geo Quinot, Stellenbosch University, South Africa; Director, African Public Procurement Research Group

Organisers: International Learning Lab on Public Procurement and Human Rights (Danish Institute for Human Rights, ICAR, Georgetown University)

15:00-16:20- Advancing National Action Plans: Perspectives from the “Global South”. Room XXVII

  • Dante Pesce, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (Moderator)
  • Anselmo Lee, Executive Director. Korea Human Rights Foundation
  • Stella Wangechi, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights
  • Elena Villafuete, ProDESC
  • Michael Ineichen, Programme Manager and Human Rights Council Advocacy Director, International Service for Human Rights

Organisers: Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (ALTSEAN-Burma); Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR); International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR); International Service for Human Rights (ISHR); Project on Development, Organization and Research (PODER)

Thursday 17 November

09:00-16:00- Learning Lab Workshop on Public Procurement and Human Rights

09:00-16:00- Human Rights in Impact Assessment Workshop (invite only)

This practitioner workshop will follow-up on the launch of the DIHR HRIA Guidance and Toolbox road-testing draft in January 2016. Stakeholders from business, civil society, financial institutions and multilateral institutions will exchange ideas and practices on the topic of human rights in impact assessment, including through case studies and thematic small-group discussions. More information here.

Our team’s contacts:

  • Elin Wrzoncki, Human Rights and Business Programme Manager: +45 91 32 57 92 twitter: @eelwr
  • Paloma Munoz, Human Rights and Business Advisor: +1 202 304 9117
  • Allan Lerberg Jørgensen, Human Rights and Development Department Director: +45 2553 7664
  • Cathrine Poulsen-Hansen, Corporate Engagement Programme Manager: +45 9132 5619 twitter: @CathrineBPH
  • Signe Andreasen Lysgaard, Corporate Engagement Senior Advisor: +45 9132 5780

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14 November 2016

Side events by Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable

Author: International Corporate Accountability Roundtable

"UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights 2016 - ICAR Participation," 11 Nov 2016

ICAR Speaker Sessions

Session Title: Corruption: The business of violating human rights

Date and Time: Tuesday 15 November – 16:40 – 18:00

Room: XXII

Moderator: Anita Ramasastry, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights


  • Sara Blackwell, Legal and Policy Coordinator, International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) 
  • Malin Helgesen,  LegalCounsel, Statoil ASA
  • ShaunaLeven, Directorof Anti-Corruption Campaigns, Global Witness
  • Eang Vuthy, Executive Director, Equitable Cambodia

Organizers: International Corporate Accountability Roundtable and Global Witness


Session Title: Plenary III – Summing up and looking ahead to 2017 and beyond

Date and Time: Wednesday 16 November – 16:40 – 18:00

Room: XX

Moderator: Dante Pesce, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights


Moderated panel:

  • Laura Caceres, COPINH Albachir Macassar, National Director for Human Rights and Citizenship, Ministry of Justice, Constitutional and Religious Affairs, Mozambique           
  • Amol Mehra, Director, ICAR
  • Cristina Tébar Less, Head, Responsible Business Conduct (RBC) Unit, OECD Vanessa Zimmerman, Group Advisor Human Rights, Rio Tinto and Director, Global Compact Network Australia

Closing remarks:

  • Chair of 2016 Forum
  • Chair of UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights


ICAR Speaker Sessions Continued

Session Title: Practical leverage of law: Do corporate group structures preclude liability for human rights impacts?

Date and Time: Tuesday 15 November – 15:00 – 16:20

Room: XXII

Moderator: Robert McCorquodale, Director, British Institute of International and Comparative Law (BIICL)


  • Gwynne Skinner, Willamette University (ICAR Expert)/Gabriel Quijano, Amnesty International 
  • Robin Brooks, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP
  • Ricardo Cortes-Monroy, Chief Legal Officer and Group General Counsel, Nestlé
  • Maarten Scholten, Senior Vice-President, General Counsel, Total

Organizers: BIICL and Norton Rose Fulbright LLP

[See attached page for more ICAR Co-sponsored sessions.] 

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10 November 2016

Side events by Institute for Human Rights & Business

Author: Institute for Human Rights and Business

"IHRB at the 2016 UN Annual Forum on Business & Human Rights," 8 Nov 2016

...IHRB is co-organising, moderating or speaking at a number of sessions.

The Role of Companies in Addressing Legal and Societal Discrimination Against LGBTI People

Monday 14 November
15:00 - 16:20

  • Christie Constantine, Global Director of Corporate Social Responsibility, Baker & McKenzie
  • Kathryn Dovey, Director of National Contact Point Coordination, OECD
  • Frank Mugisha, Director, Sexual Minorities Uganda
  • Yves Nissim, VP, head of Transformation and operation in CSR at France Telecom-Orange
  • Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor of Global Issues, Institute for Human Rights and Business

Human Rights in the Context of Mega-Sporting Events 

Tuesday 15 November
09:00 - 10:20
Room XXI

Sport has a unique capacity to inspire humanity, and mega-sporting events (MSE) have great potential to positively impact the lives of people in the countries that host them.  But such large-scale events also involve significant risks to human rights and labor rights. After years of rising public concern in the arena of major global sports tournaments new collaborative efforts are needed.

On 13th-14th October 2016, the U.S. Department of State, the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs and IHRB co-hosted the global “Sporting Chance Forum on Mega-Sporting Events and Human Rights”, which sought to highlight and devise effective strategies to address the human rights challenges associated with every stage of the lifecycle of mega-sporting events.

The aim of this session is to present the ongoing multi-stakeholder dialogue process on this matter as well as a set of principles on collective action to address human rights challenges related to Mega-sporting events and answer to questions from the audience.

Eradicating Worker-Paid Recruitment Fees

Tuesday 15 November
16:40 - 18:00

In this session, IHRB's John Morrison will lead a conversation to discuss what concrete action is required to tackle one of the root causes of modern slavery - worker fees. IKEA and Marks & Spencer, both members of the Leadership Group for Responsible Recruitment, will make a bold call to action for collaborative leadership by global companies to eradicate worker-paid recruitment fees in the next ten years, based on the Employer Pays Principle. The US State Department will discuss the importance of the role of Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR), and the discussion will explore what part investors and workers’ organisations can and must play in pushing for higher standards.

Leadership, Leverage and the Special Challenges of Big Data

Wednesday 16 November
15:00 - 16:20

Big Data will be one of the greatest human rights challenges for societies in the future – across many areas of government and business. Yet public awareness of the way in which information concerning them is collected, held and used is very low and businesses have tended to focus on the many advantages of such data more than the associated responsibilities. Obtaining and deploying large sets of data by businesses present unique challenges for embedding human rights into the internal workings of the corporation, and into the company’s role in a supply chain. Leadership in standard setting and the duty to exercise leverage both have special profiles when Big Data is the concern.

This session will draw on the work being carried out by the multi-disciplinary 'Human Rights, Big Data and Technology Project' at the University of Essex, Human Rights Centre. The session will also make use of the insights and recommendations resulting from the IHRB-Wilton Park meeting on the issue in June 2016.

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10 November 2016

Side events by UN Global Compact

Author: UN Global Compact

"2016 United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights"

...The UN Global Compact is involved in organizing the below sessions at the UN Forum. 

  • Combating discrimination against persons with disabilities in the workplace and value chains  (14 November)  
  • How companies can advocate for the protection of Human Rights Defenders and broader fundamental freedoms (16 November)   
  • Lessons in implementing the corporate responsibility to respect around the world (16 November) 

In addition, the UN Global Compact will host a Meet and Greet on 15 November at 7:30 am for all UN Global Compact participants attending the UN Forum. Please RSVP to Sadhvi Saran at [email protected] if you would like to attend. 

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