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Tuesday, November 26 • 10:30 - 11:30
Plenary: Helping States promote responsible business - toward greater coherence at the multilateral level?

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Under the title “Helping States promote responsible business - toward greater coherence at the multilateral level?”, this plenary session convenes senior leaders from the UN and international organizations working to promote responsible business conduct and sustainability.

The panel aims to reinforce the message that business respect for human rights must be at the heart of corporate contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

A key objective is to signal alignment on the importance of State action to protect human rights in a business context and foster responsible business conduct. This includes the need for policy coherence in State action to foster responsible business in line with international human rights standards, including at the multilateral level, as highlighted by Principle 10 of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. It sets out that States, when acting as members of multilateral institutions that deal with business-related issues (e.g. private sector development, trade, finance) should seek to ensure that they do not restrain the ability of States to meet the duty to protect or hinder business enterprises from respecting human rights.

The participating international organizations will share lessons from efforts to support States in promoting responsible business, take stock of recent progress as well as remaining gaps and challenges, and call on States to step up leadership and concrete measures. T

It builds on a panel convened at the 2018 Forum, that addressed “Building coherence and reaching scale on human rights due diligence – International organizations' leadership perspectives”.

Key documents

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Dante Pesce

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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Michelle Bachelet

United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
On September 1, 2018 Michelle Bachelet assumed her functions as the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights was established in 1993 and Ms. Bachelet is the seventh Commissioner.Ms. Bachelet was elected President of Chile... Read More →
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Guy Ryder

Director-General, International Labour Organization (ILO)
ILO Director-General Guy Ryder took office on 1 October 2012. Guy Ryder sees the ILO as absolutely central to the questions of the day: jobs, social protection, the fight against poverty, and equality. For this reason, he wants to reinforce the ILO's place at the centre of international... Read More →
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Asako Okai

UN Assistant Secretary General, UNDP Assistant Administrator and Director of the Crisis Bureau, UNDP
Ms. Asako Okai officially began her role as UNDP's Assistant Administrator and Director for the Crisis Bureau on August 22, 2018. In this role, she leads UNDP's corporate crisis-related work and drives UNDP's vision and priorities for crisis prevention, response, and recovery.Ms... Read More →
avatar for Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka

Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director, Partnerships, UNICEF
Charlotte Petri Gornitzka took up her role as Assistant Secretary-General and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director, Partnerships, on 15 October 2018.Ms. Gornitzka, who served as the Chair of the Development Assistance Committee at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development... Read More →
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Christine Kaufmann

Chair, OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct
Christine Kaufmann is the Chair of the OECD Working Party on Responsible Business Conduct, the intergovernmental committee overseeing the implementation of the OECD Guidelines for Multinational Enterprises, the comprehensive international framework for Responsible Business Conduct... Read More →

Tuesday November 26, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 CET
Room XX