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Wednesday, November 27 • 10:30 - 12:30
Regional dialogue: lessons learned, challenges, innovation - Eastern Europe

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Interpretation provided in English and Russian

Session organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights in collaboration with the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (PIHRB)

Webcast of the session:
Meeting link
Meeting number: 840 368 810
Password: 7KAXPwtJ

This session will be chaired by Elżbieta Karska, chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.

Brief Description:
This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day, the region focused discussions aim to take a closer look at how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges faced in Eastern European countries and lessons learned from emerging government, business and civil society initiatives.

Objectives of the session: 
The session will address initiatives to implement the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) and will explore challenges and lessons learned on how States and businesses are discharging their respective duties and responsibilities across the three pillars of the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework of the UNGPs. This include initiatives taken by the State to protect against business-related human rights abuses, particularly in its role as an economic actor. Discussions will also address how businesses identify, prevent, mitigate and account for the negative human rights impacts they may cause, including through lessons learned from human rights due diligence across large supply chains. The session will also address the role of investors in taking meaningful action to use their leverage to encourage companies and governments to respect and protect human rights in line with the UNGPs. Access to an effective remedy, especially for individual and groups at heightened risk of abuses, including human rights defenders, women and girls, workers in low-wage sectors and migrant workers will also be discussed. Drawing from the experience of those countries in the region that have developed a national action plan on business and human rights and of those in the process of developing one, the session will also provide opportunity platform to discuss lessons learned and innovations from these initiatives, as well as from inter-State cooperation and peer-learning efforts.

Format of the session:
The proposed session will be done in a talk show format with the participants having the opportunity to raise questions amongst each other as in a public dialogue. The session will be chaired by Ms Elżbieta Karska, Chair of the UN Working Group.
Representatives from different stakeholders will kick start the conversation by delivering brief presentations about the various emerging and ongoing activities to implement the UNGPs in different countries of the region. Presentations will be followed by Q&A.

Tentative agenda
The session will be opened by short introductory remarks by Ms. Elżbieta Karska, Chair of the UN Working Group and organized in three panel discussions, which will include brief presentations by panellists followed by Q&A segments. All panel discussions will focus on concrete examples, challenges, innovations and lessons learned regarding the implementation of the UNGPs in the region.

Composition of the panels: 

1. Perspectives from the civil society and academia: (40 minutes)
  • Ms Beata Faracik, Co-Founder & President of the Board of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business (Poland)
  • Ms Ani Khachatryan, Seize Armenian Environmental Front (Armenia)
  • Moderator: Mr. Jernej Černič, Associate Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, New University, Ljubljana, Slovenia

2. Perspectives from the governments: (40 minutes)
  • Ms. Urška Čas, Directorate for Multilateral Relations, Development Cooperation and International Law, Slovenia
  • Second government representative TBC
  • Moderator: Ms  Olena Uvarova, PhD, Head of the International Lab on Business and Human Rights Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Ukraine

3. Perspectives from business: (40 minutes)
  • Ms. Tatyana Derivedmid, Sakhalin Energy, Russia
  • Ms. Anna Miazga, Sustainability Expert, LPP S.A., Poland
  • Moderator: Ms Lucie Mádlová Founder and Executive Director of the Association of Social Responsibility and Chairwoman of Steering Committee of the Global Compact Network (Czech Republic)

Moderators
avatar for Jernej Letnar Černič

Jernej Letnar Černič

Associate Professor of Constitutional and Human Rights Law, New University, Ljubljana, Slovenia
Jernej Letnar Černič is Associate Professor of Human Rights Law at the Graduate School of Government and European Studies, Senior Research Associate at gLAWcal – Global Law Initiatives for Sustainable Development (United Kingdom) and Senior Research Fellow at the University Institute... Read More →
avatar for Lucie Mádlová

Lucie Mádlová

Founder and Executive Director of the Association of Social Responsibility and Goodwill Ambassador for Czech Republic, Association of Social Responsibility
Lucie Mádlová is the Founder and Executive Director of the Association of Social Responsibility, the biggest association for corporate social responsibility (CSR) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Czechia. She is a professional in the field of CSR and corporate sustainability... Read More →
avatar for Olena Uvarova

Olena Uvarova

Head of the International Lab on Business and Human Rights, Yaroslav Mudryi National Law University, Ukraine
Ph.D in Law, lecturer in the Theory of Law Department, Head of the International Lab on business and human rights in the National Law University of Yaroslav Mudriy, member of the editorial board of the journal “Philosophy of Law and General Theory of Law” (EBSCO Publishing).In... Read More →

Speakers
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Victor Dolidze

Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Georgia Georgia to the UNOG and other international organizations in Geneva
Mr. Dolidze is Georgia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva. The Permanent Mission of Georgia is dynamically involved in the Human Rights Council and actively cooperates with the Office of the High Commissioner for... Read More →
avatar for Beata Faracik

Beata Faracik

Co-Founder & President of the Board, Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business
Co-founder and President of the Board of the Polish Institute for Human Rights and Business. Professional with extensive experience in providing legal and policy advice and consultancy services in BHR and CSR/RBS to business, public bodies and NGOs, conducting research and analysis... Read More →
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Elżbieta Karska

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
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Ani Khachatryan

Representative, Armenian Environmental Front
Ani Khachatryan is a human rights defender who has fought many environmental fights for protecting the environment, and to defend the right of communities and individuals to participate in environmental decision making processes, including in the context of mining projects.
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Tatyana Derivedmi

Head of Social Performance subdivision, Sakhalin Energy, Russia
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Anna Miazga

Sustainability Expert, LPP S.A. (Poland)
Anna Miazga is responsible for the implementation of the Strategy for Sustainable Development of LPP, the largest Polish clothing brand. She initiates and coordinates projects related to the environmental and social impact of the fashion industry. Her particular attention is paid... Read More →
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Urška Čas

Adviser to the Director-General for Multilateral Relations, Development Cooperation and International Law, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Slovenia
A career diplomat, Ms Čas has worked extensively on human rights issues from the perspective of state responsibility. Among other, she negotiated a number of human rights instruments and advocated for their implementation. She also served as Slovenia's representative in the Human... Read More →


Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:30 - 12:30
Room XXIV