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UN Special Representative John Ruggie: Opening remarks at mandate consultation with civil society (Geneva, 11-12 Oct)

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11 October 2010

[PDF] Keynote address at the Civil Society Consultations of the UN Secretary General’s Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, Palais des Nations, Geneva, 11 October 2010

Author: Irene Khan, board member of the Institute for Human Rights and Business

I think it is important for us to begin by looking back. Think back to 2004. The business and human rights debate was at a stalemate...Six years later, we are in a very different place, thanks to [UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights] John [Ruggie]’s leadership...The Special Representative has established a good common ground from which he is now embarking on the drafting of Guiding Principles...[which] could set the direction on corporate accountability, and be the precursor to further international law development. That is an exciting prospect but it is not without its challenges and risks...[There is] considerable scope for creating a gold standard through creative drafting, astute diplomacy and skilful advocacy. Civil society has an important role to play in that process.

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11 October 2010

[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

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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Author: Gouvernement français

Les documents préparatoires à la réunion du 6 octobre 2010 contiennent d’importants éclaircissements conceptuels et préfigurent les lignes directrices qui seront proposées par le Représentant spécial John Ruggie dans son rapport final...Les remarques qui suivent reprennent la structure des documents préparatoires...Elles portent uniquement sur les points sensibles, lacunes et risques potentiels de certaines propositions...L’insuffisant questionnement des problèmes spécifiques posés par les « groupes »...L’absence de réflexion sur la question de la responsabilité des entreprises au regard de l’enjeu plus vaste du développement durable dans ses effets sur les droits de l’homme.

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