Consultation on operationalizing the framework for business and human rights presented by the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises
On the 5th and 6th of October 2009 more than 300 representatives from Member States, National Human Rights Institutions, civil society, academia and business, participated in the Consultation on operationalizing the framework for business and human rights presented by Professor Ruggie.
The consultation was mandated by the Human Rights Council who in resolution 8/7 requested the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights to organize a two day consultation, bringing together the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises, business representatives and all relevant stakeholders, including non-governmental organizations and representatives of victims of corporate abuse, to discuss ways and means to operationalize the “Protect, Respect, Remedy” framework on business and human rights put forward by the Special Representative.
The consultation featured multi-stakeholder panel discussions about selected topics related to each of the pillars of the Special Representative’s framework. The agenda reflected the work streams identified in the Special Representative’s Preliminary Workplan.
The consultation was chaired jointly by Her Excellency Ms. Bente Angell-Hansen, Ambassador of Norway, and His Excellency Mr. Martin Ihoeghian Uhomoibhi, Ambassador of Nigeria.
The consultation also featured a series of side events organised by participants.
A summary report from the proceedings of the consultation will be submitted to the Human Rights Council. An addendum to the report will contain summaries of the proceedings from the side events.