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Wednesday, November 27 • 10:30 - 11:30
Regional dialogue: lessons learned, challenges, innovation - Western European and Others Group (WEOG) - Part 1 (Trade)

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Part 1 of the WEOG dialogue convened by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights will address the role of trade policy and trade promotion tools to enforce and drive responsible business conduct and human rights due diligence. It will involve speakers from government agencies and regional organizations to share experiences of integrating the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in a trade policy context, discuss lessons learned and engage participating stakeholders in a dialogue on how to use the area of trade as a lever to promote corporate respect for human rights.

The discussion builds on a Working Group report on “economic diplomacy” (A/HRC/38/48) that explored implications of Guiding Principle 4, which sets forth the expectation that States should take additional steps to protect against human rights abuses by business enterprises that receive substantial support and services from State agencies including, where appropriate, by requiring human rights due diligence. The report examined how States can use their leverage with respect to trade and investment promotion and the export/import process to also promote greater corporate respect for human rights.

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Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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Anne-Elisabeth Piché

Principal, Business and Human Rights, Export Development Canada
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Johanna Kristina Wohlgemuth

External Environmental and Social Advisor for Investment Guarantees, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy, Germany
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Evelyne Pichot

Team leader ILO relations, European Commission, DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
Evelyne Pichot works at the European Commission's Directorate General for Employment, Social affairs and Inclusion. In her current role, Mrs Pichot leads the team in charge of the EU relations with the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and sectoral policies in the international... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:30 - 11:30 CET
Room XXI