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Study on the feasibility of a global fund to support capacity building on business and human rights

Background

The United Nations Secretary-General has identified the lack of capacity among all relevant actors as one of the key obstacles to advancing the business and human rights agenda and the implementation of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (A/HRC/21/21). Noting the scale of the capacity-building challenge, the Secretary-General recommended that “the feasibility of establishing a global fund on business and human rights linked to the United Nations, with multi-stakeholder engagement, should be considered” (A/HRC/21/21, para. 101).

In its resolution 21/5 (A/HRC/RES/21/5), the Human Rights Council followed up on the Secretary-General's recommendation by requesting the Secretary-General to prepare a study to explore the feasibility of establishing a global fund to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to advance the implementation of the Guiding Principles. The Council requested that the study should explore relevant issues including how to secure multi-stakeholder engagement, governance models and funding options.

Call for input: global consultation process

In order to prepare the study to explore the feasibility of a dedicated fund to enhance the capacity of stakeholders to implement the Guiding Principles, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) is inviting all interested stakeholders to share their perspectives on this issue. The first opportunity to provide OHCHR with comments was during a discussion session on 4 December 2013 during the second annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. In order to ensure additional opportunities for input, OHCHR is conducting a consultation until the end of January 2014 during which all stakeholders are invited to provide written submissions. 

OHCHR would appreciate responses from all stakeholders to the questionnaire attached below, as well as any additional comments or suggestions, by 31 January 20134 ((United Nations Office at Geneva, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Fax: +41 22 928 90 08, Email: registry@ohchr.org).

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