UN Working Group calls for inputs on business in conflict & post-conflict contexts (due 10 Apr)

Author: UN Working Group on business & human rights, Published on: 28 January 2020

As part of its mandate to promote the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights launched a project in 2018 to clarify the practical steps that States and business enterprises should take to implement the Guiding Principles in conflict and post-conflict contexts...

In this context, the project will focus around key issues such as: 

  • What are or should be the home and host States' appropriate policies, regulation and adjudication to protect against corporate-related human rights abuses in conflict and post-conflict situations?
  • What specific measures should business take in conflict and post-conflict situations and what does "enhanced" human rights due diligence look like in practice? How does/should the process to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for actual and potential impacts in conflict and post-conflict situations differ from "non-conflictual" contexts?
  • What does responsible and sustainable investment in post-conflict and reconstruction contexts look like in practical terms? What actions should be taken (and avoided) by actors in the financial sector – both public financial institutions and private investors – to meet their responsibilities under the Guiding Principles, and to use their leverage to support outcomes that do not undermine human rights and sustainable peace?
  • What is the role of business in transitional justice? What are the implications of the Guiding Principles in a transitional justice context?

The Working Group invites all interested parties to submit relevant information and materials to help inform the project. Submissions that address one or more of the identified focus areas are encouraged.

Case studies and good practice examples from past and current conflict situations in different regions are welcome.

Deadline: 10 April 2020.

For submissions or questions about the project, please write to [email protected] and [email protected].

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