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“Business and human rights – towards a decade of global implementation”

Welcome to the project launch on 7 July 2020, 15:00-18:00 CEST

“Business and human rights – towards a decade of global implementation”

Welcome to the project launch on 7 July 2020, 15:00-18:00 CEST

Agenda
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15:00–15:10

Welcome

Welcome by Anita Ramasastry, Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and Niels Annen, Minister of State at the Federal Foreign Office, Germany

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15:10–15:20

Opening

  • Didier Reynders, European Commissioner for Justice
  • John Ruggie, former UN Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Business and Human Rights; Berthold Beitz Professor in Human Rights and International Affairs at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government
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15:20–15:30

Remarks by UN Project Partners

  • Peggy Hicks, Director, Thematic Engagement, Special Procedures and Right to Development Division, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
  • Mourad Wahba, Associate Administrator a.i., UNDP

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15:30–15:45

Government perspectives

  • Jens Frølich Holte, State Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway
  • Silvia Lara Povedano, Vice Minister of the Presidency, Costa Rica
  • Krystyna Marty, State Secretary, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
  • Stefano Sannino, Deputy Secretary General for Economic and Global Issues, European External Action Service
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15:45–15:55

Introducing the UNGPs10+/NextdecadeBHR project

Conversation with UN Working Group Chair Anita Ramasastry and Vice-chair Dante Pesce
Conducted by Christopher Schuller, independent business and human rights expert

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15:55–16:25

Reflections on UNGPs10+ and reinforcing coherence

Moderator: Lene Wendland, Chief, Business and Human Rights, Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

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16:25–16:35

Break

Conversation with UN Working Group Chair Anita Ramasastry and Vice-chair Dante Pesce
Conducted by Christopher Schuller, Former Senior Policy Advisor at German Institute for Human Rights

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16:35–16:50

Perspectives and expectations from the ground

Moderator: Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director & Head of Europe Office, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

  • Joan Carling, Co-convenor of the Indigenous Peoples Major Group for Sustainable Development
  • Nnimmo Bassey, Defender of victims of climate change, Nigerian activist and poet
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16:50 –17:35

The road ahead: how to scale action to move business respect for human rights from aspiration to action?

Moderator: Salil Tripathi, Senior Advisor, Global Issues, Institute for Human Rights and Business

  • Heidi Hautala, Member of the European Parliament
  • Fiona Reynolds, CEO, Principles for Responsible Investment
  • Jeanette von Wolfersdorff, Director of Commission for Transparency, Quality and the Impact of Public Expenditure, Chile; former Director of the Santiago Securities Exchange
  • Liang Xiaohui, Chief Researcher at the China National Textile and Apparel Council
  • Fernanda Hopenhaym, Co-executive director, PODER (Latin America); Chair of the board, ESCR-Net
  • Ron Popper, CEO, Global Business Initiative on Human Rights
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17:35–17:55

Answers, take-aways and next steps

Virtual Q&A with the Working Group Chair and Vice-chair

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17:55–18:00

Closing remarks by the co-host

  • Bärbel Kofler, Commissioner for Human Rights Policy of the German Federal Government

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