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Logo: 2017 Forum on Business and Human Rights 

Date:27-29 November 2017, Geneva (Switzerland)
Location:Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland
Contact: forumbhr@ohchr.org
Programme:The UN Forum on Business and Human Rights is the global platform for yearly stock-taking and lesson-sharing on efforts to move the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice. The central theme of the 2017 Forum is “Realizing Access to Effective Remedy”. The programme also features sessions for new audiences and discussions on broader policy trends that consider the role of the business and human rights movement in today’s political and social contexts around the world. For a brief explanation of aims, focus and background, see the concept note that is available here. The programme will be made available on this site in due course. For highlights and key messages from the 2016 Forum, see here.
See also OHCHR presentation of the 2016 Forum delivered at the 35th Human Rights Council (June 2017)
Parallel sessions:The process for proposing parallel session proposals for the 2017 Forum is now closed. Details about the process and criteria are available here.
Request for background information: The 2017 Forum will have a major focus on the issue of access to remedy for business-related human rights impacts – the third pillar of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In order to inform preparations, the Forum Secretariat is doing a mapping of ongoing research and projects linked to this topic. All stakeholders are encouraged to submit brief information about ongoing or planned research and projects for 2017-18 related to the issue of access to remedy in the context of business and human rights. The information should be submitted via this online form. Received information will be posted on the Forum web page. Compilation of received information is available here
Registration:Registration will open via this page in late August. There is no registration or participation fee.
Submissions:Submissions to the 2017 Forum are available here.

About the Forum

2015 Forum on Business and Human Rights

The UN Forum is the world's largest annual gathering on business and human rights with more than 2,000 participants from government, business, community groups and civil society, law firms, investor organisations, UN bodies, national human rights institutions, trade unions, academia and the media.

Over three days, participants take part in 60+ panel discussions on topics that relate to the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights  (the "Protect", "Respect" and "Remedy" Framework), as well as current business-related human rights issues.

The Forum is the foremost event to network, share experiences and learn about the many initiatives to promote corporate respect for human rights.

The UN Human Rights Council, under paragraph 12 of its resolution 17/4, established the Forum to serve as a key global platform for stakeholders to ”discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights.” It is guided by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

Watch previous participants discuss some #BizHumanRights issues