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Tuesday, November 26 • 11:40 - 13:00
Addressing business-related human rights impacts in conflict and post-conflict contexts to build sustainable peace

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Session organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights with support from the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung Geneva (FES)

This session is part of the consultation process to inform the UN Working Group’s ongoing project on business and human rights in conflict-affected situations. The project seeks to clarify practical steps that States, companies and investors should take to prevent and address business-related human rights abuse in conflict and post-conflict contexts and therefore support sustainable peace, in line with the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The panel of government representatives, UN and business speakers will focus on the challenges of promoting responsible investment and responsible business in a post-conflict setting and lessons learned on the connections between conflict prevention, peacebuilding and business activity in line with international human rights standards. The speakers will share perspectives on how preventive measures to manage negative impacts of investments and business operations can play a role in conflict prevention and peacebuilding.

It will include lessons from individual government and business action and reflections on steps to reinforce coherence between different efforts and ways to foster responsible business that safeguards human rights and supports peace.

Discussions will help inform key questions examined by the Working Group’s project:
  • What does “enhanced” human rights and conflict-sensitive due diligence by business look like in practice? How does/should the process to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for actual and potential impacts differ from less fragile contexts?
  • What is the role of business in transitional justice? What are the implications of the international business and human rights framework (the Guiding Principles) in a transitional justice and reconciliation context?
  • What does responsible and sustainable investment in post-conflict and fragile contexts look like in practical terms? What actions should be taken (and avoided) by companies, private investors, public financial institutions, host and home States?
Project on business and human rights in conflict and post-conflict: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Business/Pages/ConflictPostConflict.aspx

The session is part of a thematic track at the Forum that seeks to inform the project. Other sessions:

Moderators
avatar for Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Speakers
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Frederic Chenais

Policy advisor, Federal Department of Foreign Affairs, Switzerland
Frederic Chenais is Policy Advisor at the Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs where he is in charge of matters related to commodities and human rights, with a special focus on the VPs and ICOCA. Previously, Frederic worked as Principal Advisor on communities relations for... Read More →
avatar for Annelies van den Berg

Annelies van den Berg

senior policy officer | Business & Human Rights, Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Dorothée Baumann-Pauly is a business ethics scholar with extensive practical experience working on the implementation of human rights in multi-stakeholder settings. Since 2013, she is the Director of Research at the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights, managing its strategic... Read More →
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Francis Colee

Head of Programs, GreenAdvocates
I am a Social Science Expert. I currently serve as Head of Programs and lead researcher at Green Advocates. I hold the Degree of Master of Public Policy (MPP), Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom (UK), 2016.I have extensively worked on policy reforms... Read More →
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Anita Househam

Director, Human Rights, Telenor Group
As Director of Human Rights, Anita leads the Human Rights focus area within Telenor Group’s Sustainability team. A key dimension of this role is ensuring that internal policies and practices are in place to integrate human rights due diligence, supporting Telenor’s business units... Read More →
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Chetan Kumar

Team Leader, Peacebuilding and the Prevention of Violent Extremism, UNDP, Philippines Country Office, UNDP
Dr. Chetan Kumar is Team Leader for Peacebuilding and the Prevention of Violent Extremism for UNDP in the Philippines. His current work focuses on building national and local capacities for the prevention and resolution of conflicts, the promotion of dialogue, and the constructive... Read More →
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Gerald Pachoud

Managing partner, Pluto & Associates
Gerald Pachoud is advising the Working Group's project on business and human rights in conflict and post-conflict contexts. Before founding Pluto in late 2015, Gerald initiated and led the program on business and human security in the Swiss Ministry of Foreign Affairs. From 2005 to... Read More →


Tuesday November 26, 2019 11:40 - 13:00 CET
Room XX