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Towards a new development agenda fully grounded in human rights

Towards a new development agenda fully grounded in human rights

People from all over the world are demanding that human rights principles be a central part of the new development agenda: the challenge of how to effectively integrate human rights is a debate among the international community.
Making human rights in business a priority

Making human rights in business a priority

More than 1,000 participants from over 100 countries across the world representing civil society organizations, affected persons and communities, governments and corporations in manufacturing, information and communication technology, mining, oil and energy, agribusiness, banking and finance recently met at the United Nations second annual Forum on Business and Human Rights to address the impacts of business on human rights.
A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas

A UN declaration to promote the rights of people working in rural areas

A working group representing governments from all regions begins consideration of a draft UN Declaration on the rights of peasants and other rural poor.
In the search for justice, the whole truth must be told

In the search for justice, the whole truth must be told

The UN Human Rights Office in Tunisia urges those working to establish a democracy in the country to deal with past corruption and economic crimes.
Eliminating human trafficking from the global business landscape

Eliminating human trafficking from the global business landscape

Private sector businesses should take appropriate measures to prevent any risks of trafficking in their supply chains.
Making human rights a priority for business

Making human rights a priority for business

The United Nations inaugural Forum on Business and Human Rights brought 1,000 State, business and civil society participants together to address business impacts on human rights.
Getting down to business

Getting down to business

The UN Working Group on business and human rights, meeting for the first time, considers a strategy to promote and ensure implementation of the new global standard to prevent and address human rights abuses linked to business practices.
Human rights in the trade arena

Human rights in the trade arena

Taking a stand: The importance of incorporating human rights issues into international trade rules.
Making businesses respect human rights

Making businesses respect human rights

A set of Guiding Principles, unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council, will help business companies respect human rights.
In globalization era human rights are everyone’s business

In globalization era human rights are everyone’s business

The 10th biennial International Conference of National Human Rights Institutions opens in Edinburgh, Scotland, with a focus on business and human rights
Human Rights and Trade

Human Rights and Trade

UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay calls for the international trade regime to incorporate all human rights.
Principled pragmatism – the way forward for business and human rights

Principled pragmatism – the way forward for business and human rights

The Secretary-General’s Special Representative on business, John Ruggie updates the Human Rights Council on the human rights framework for business.