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UN Guiding Principles at 10

To mark the 10th anniversary of the UNGPs, the UNWG has collected video statements from government and UN leaders as well as a range of stakeholders to reflect on progress to date and the road ahead.

The 16th of June 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Their unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council was a landmark moment for efforts to promote corporate respect for human rights and sustainable business.

This page features video statements from Government and UN leaders as well as a range of stakeholders to reflect on progress to date and the road ahead needed to increase the pace of implementation over the coming years.

They were collected by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights, as part of its mandate to promote the UNGPs and specifically a project (UNGPs 10+) to use the occasion of the 10th anniversary to take stock of UNGP implementation to date and chart a course for action in the decade ahead. The Working Group's stocktaking of the first decade is available here. A “roadmap” for implementation in the next decade will follow in December 2021.


UNGPs 10+ stocktaking resources

UNGPs at 10: taking stock of the first decade

The Working Group’s stocktaking report, available in all UN languages

16 June 2021: UNGPs at 10

A blog by the UN Working Group


Marking the UNGPs 10th anniversary: Video statements

From UN leaders, Governments and international organizations

António Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations

Erna Solberg, Prime Minister, Norway

Guy Ryder, ILO Director-General

John Ruggie, former UN Special Representative for Business & Human Rights; Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights & International Affairs at Harvard's Kennedy School

Allan Jorgensen, Head, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct

Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Heiko Maas, Minister for Foreign Affairs, Germany

Achim Steiner, Administrator, UN Development Programme

Sanda Ojiambo, CEO & Executive Director, UN Global Compact

From trade union, indigenous peoples, civil society and business organizations

Sharan Burrow, General Secretary, ITUC

Abby Maxman, CEO, Oxfam America

Ron Popper, CEO, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights

Roberto Suárez Santos, Secretary-General, IOE

Joan Carling, co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples’ Major Group for Sustainable Development; founding leader and co-director of Indigenous Peoples Rights International (IPRI)

Christy Hoffman, General Secretary, UNI Global Union

Herman Poelmann, Chairperson of amfori

Brian Sullivan, Executive Director, IPIECA