Call for input: report on business and human rights and the UN system

In resolution A/HRC/RES/17/4, the Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for implementing the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework (A/HRC/17/31) presented by the former Special Representative of the Secretary-General John Ruggie. This set of recommendations outlines the steps States and businesses should take to prevent and address the risk of adverse impacts on human rights linked to business activity.

Paragraph 11 of resolution 17/4 “Requests the Secretary-General to prepare a report on how the United Nations system as a whole, including programmes and funds and specialized agencies, can contribute to the advancement of the business and human rights agenda and the dissemination and implementation of the Guiding Principles, addressing in particular how capacity-building of all relevant actors to this end can best be addressed within the United Nations system, to be presented to the Human Rights Council at its twenty-first session.”

Organizations engaged in activities related to business and human rights are invited to provide their input or suggestions to the United Nations Secretary-General’s report on the above-highlighted issue. Input should be sent to the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (c/o Lene Wendland, Research and Right to Development Division, OHCHR, CH-1211 Geneva 10, Switzerland; Fax: +41 22 917 90 08; Email: registry@ohchr.org) by 26 March 2012.