“The overwhelming interest in this Forum is a sign of the imperative felt by all sides, including business, to prevent and address adverse human rights impacts linked to business activities. Our discussions here in Geneva reflect the actual challenges, good practice and lessons learned on the ground”
–UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, 2012.
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More than 1,000 people from 85 countries registered to attend the first United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva in 2012. Among the participants were people who have been adversely affected by business, many of them from indigenous communities, and business representatives from major multinational corporations in the mining, oil and energy sectors, from technology companies and from the chemicals, banking and finance, electronics, and textile industries.
The Forum was established by the Human Rights Council and is under the guidance of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The Forum provides a global platform for the promotion and implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. These Principles, unanimously endorsed in 2011 by the Council, are the first globally accepted standards on the responsibilities of States and businesses for preventing and addressing business-related human rights abuse.
The first Forum in 2012 focused on progress in the implementation of the Guiding Principles, highlighting the emerging challenges for States, business, and civil society, and identifying and discussing good practices. The 2013 forum will be held in Geneva on 2-4 December. The programme is available here.
Access for Forum participants -- due to VERY HIGH number of registered participants, please arrive early to pick up your badge (UN Pregny Gate for badges is now exceptionally OPEN ON SUNDAY from 14.00 to 18.00). You can pick up your badge as follows:
Friday 29 Nov 08.00 to 17.00
SUNDAY 1 December 14.00-18.00
Monday 02 Dec 07.00 to 17.00
Tuesday 03 Dec 07.00 to 17.00
Palais des Nations (UN), Pregny Gate
14 Avenue de la Paix
Bus Lines 8, 25, F, V, or Z (Stop: Appia) or Taxi to Pregny Gate