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Statement by Margaret Jungk, Chairperson of UN Working Group

"Statement by Ms. Margaret Jungk, Chairperson, UN Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises at the 70th session of the General Assembly", 27 Oct 2015

I am honoured to present to the General Assembly today the report of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The report sheds light on the importance of measuring the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights...The Working Group on Business and Human Rights was set up to support the uptake and implementation of the Guiding Principles. Over four years after their endorsement, what can we see in terms of implementation?  We do have some evidence that progress is being made. More than two dozens States have adopted, or are in the process of developing, National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights...n increasing number of companies are adopting policies and human rights due diligence processes in line with the Guiding Principles. Business associations are giving detailed guidance to their members...And yet, despite the proliferation of efforts to implement the Guiding Principles, we lack systematic, comprehensive data on where we stand, on the progress we’ve made, but also on the gaps in that progress...Without effective measurement of the Guiding Principles, effective implementation is impossible...

I am honoured to present to the General Assembly today the report of the Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The report sheds light on the importance of measuring the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. - See more at: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=16660&LangID=E#sthash.CmvIeTD7.dpuf