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Plenary and parallel UN-led sessions


1 December

10:00 – 11:30

Room XXI: National action plans on business and human rights, Part I – Presentation of guidance document on National Action Plans by the UN Working Group
Organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Room XXIII: The UN Guiding Principles for newcomers – Introductory presentation on their background, key features and implications
Organized by OHCHR

11:45 – 13:15

Room XXI (Note: there is no break in this session, continued from Part I): National action plans, Part II and III- Stakeholder perspectives and State Experiences
Organized by the UN Working Group in collaboration with the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights

Room XXIII: Implementation at the Local Level: Business and Human Rights Tools and Resources
Organized by UN Global Compact and Business for Social Responsibility (BSR)

14:45 – 16:15

Room XXI: New ILO standards on the elimination of forced labour – A multi-stakeholder approach to address contemporary forms of forced labour and trafficking
Organized by ILO in collaboration with the UN Working Group

16:30 – 18:00

Room XI: Discussing Case studies – Triggering change
Organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung with the German Forum Human Rights, ESCR-Net and Business and Human Rights Resource Centre to Organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung with the German Forum Human Rights, ESCR-Net and Business and Human Rights Resource Centre in collaboration with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Room XXI: Integrating human rights into public procurement
Organized by International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), Electronics Watch (tbc), the Danish Institute for Human Rights, and the Norwegian Agency for Public Management and eGovernment (DIFI) in collaboration with the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights


2 December

09:30-11:15

Assembly Hall: Keynote statements and high-level panel: Leadership views on business and human rights, Addressing key global challenges-what next and how?

11:30-13:00

Assembly Hall: High-level discussion: Global outlook for business and human rights- Key themes, drivers, trends, challenges

14:30 – 16:00

Room XXII: Measures for Implementing the Convention on the Rights of the Child in the context of State Obligations on the Impact of the Business Sector on Children's Rights
Organised by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child

Room XX: Thematic track: Strengthening public policy on business and human rights through national action plans and other measures
The role of the State role in creating an accountable marketplace – addressing key policy areas

Organized by the UN Working Group

Room XXI: Thematic track: Respect in practice – progress and challenges in implementing the corporate responsibility to respect
Embedding the UN Guiding Principles in decision-making and processes

Organized by the UN Working Group in collaboration with Global Business Initiative on Human Rights (GBI) and the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre (BHRRC)

Room XXIII: Thematic track: Access to remedy discussions
Practical and legal challenges associated with corporate liability for involvement in gross human rights abuses

Organized by OHCHR in collaboration with the UN Working Group

16:15 – 17:45

Room XX: Thematic track: Strengthening public policy
Scaling up State action – the role of international and regional organizations

Organized by the UN Working Group

Room XXI: Thematic track: Respect in practice
Applying the Guiding Principles in local contexts

Organized by the UN Working Group in collaboration with GBI and BHRRC

Room XXIII: Thematic track: Access to remedy
Identifying options for international coordination and regulation to overcome challenges in access to remedy

Organized by OHCHR in collaboration with the UN Working Group


3 December

08:00 – 09:30

Room XX: The right to privacy in the digital age: good practices and lessons learned in the ICT sector
Organized by OHCHR

09:45-11:15

Room XX: Thematic Track: Embedding the Guiding Principles in global governance
Strengthening links between the global economic architecture and the business and human rights agenda

11:30 -13:00

Room XX: Thematic track: Global Governance
The Guiding Principles and UN human rights mechanisms

Organized by the UN Working Group

Room XXI: Thematic track: Good practice
Meaningful stakeholder engagement in human rights due diligence

Organized by the UN Working Group in collaboration with the UN Global Compact, Oxfam and International Federation of Human Rights (FIDH)

Room XXIII: Thematic track: Access to remedy
Approaches for overcoming financial barriers to accessing judicial remedy mechanisms

Organized by OHCHR in collaboration with the UN Working Group

14:30 – 16:00

Room XX: Thematic track: Global Governance
The sustainable development goals and business & human rights

Organized by the UN Working Group

Room XXI: Thematic track: Good Practice
What can States, business, civil society and the UN do to support and protect human rights defenders who work on issues of corporate responsibility and accountability? Challenges and good practices

Organized by the UN Working Group in collaboration with the International Service for Human Rights and the Permanent Mission of Norway

Room XXIII: Thematic track: Access to Remedy
Operational-level grievance mechanisms

Organized by OHCHR in collaboration with the UN Working Group

16:15-17:45

Room XX: Closing conversation: Strategic paths forward and next steps for the global business and human rights regime