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United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights
United Nations Forum on Business and
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The UN Human Rights Council, under paragraph 12 of its resolution17/4
, decided to establish a Forum on Business and Human Rights under the guidance of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises to:
“discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles [on Business and Human Rights] and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights, including challenges faced in particular sectors, operational environments or in relation to specific rights or groups, as well as identifying good practices.”
As per Human Rights Council resolution 17/4, the Forum is open to all relevant stakeholder groups, including States, the wider United Nations system, intergovernmental and regional organisations, businesses, labour unions, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, and affected stakeholders, among others.
The second Forum was held in Geneva on 2-4 December 2013. Almost 1,500 persons registered from more than 100 countries. The Forum included 20 official sessions and a number of side events. It was the largest global gathering to date to discuss progress and challenges in addressing business impacts on human rights and implementation of the Guiding Principles. Videos of Forum sessions and other material can be found here.
For information about the 2014 Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here.
Click here to read the full Human Rights Council resolution 17/4.