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Wednesday, November 27 • 15:00 - 16:45
Advancing the business and human rights agenda in the Middle East

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Session organized by MENA/FOTCD, OHCHR and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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Meeting number: 840 368 810
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Context
Business and human rights is an important emerging issue for countries in the Middle East. Countries in the Middle East experience different levels of economic growth and development, and this in turn affects the volume and type of business activities and their impact in different societies. Countries and business enterprises in the region face a variety of human rights challenges, such as those related to inequalities, discrimination, technological advancements, migration, gender and workforce, as well as other specific local or regional situations. At the same time, there are many opportunities for engagement, interaction and progress with States, businesses, civil society organisations and other stakeholders working together to advance human rights in the region. The session is therefore aimed at enabling a dialogue amongst a wide range of actors who could benefit from a platform to explore emerging issues around business and human rights in the Middle East.
Regional and sub-regional dialogues on business and human rights are already underway in several other world regions, including in Latin America, South Asia and East Asia. Although there have been some recent positive developments in promoting the business and human rights agenda in some countries in the Middle East region, much remains to be done. Development of national action plans on business and human rights, collaboration among national human rights institutions, and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) could be critical measures in this regard. Building on existing experiences and good practices in facilitating regional dialogues on business and human rights, this session will promote a multi-stakeholder dialogue on a broad range of issues to advance the business and human rights agenda in the Middle East.

Objective
This session aims to facilitate an initial multi-stakeholder dialogue on business and human rights in the Middle East region, with a focus on (i) identifying unique regional challenges as well as similarities and differences with other world regions, and (ii) exploring opportunities for governments and businesses to implement the UNGPs in order to prevent, mitigate and remediate business-related adverse human rights impacts.

Format of the session
The session will be conducted as an interactive dialogue, supported by a panel of experts with active and direct audience participation.

Key themes
The session will look at the following themes:
  • Unique characteristics of the Middle East region in relation to business and human rights, including highlighting similarities and differences with other regions;
  • Key thematic business and human rights challenges in the region, including related to culture, workforce, migration and environment, as well as potential ways to overcome those challenges.
  • Implementing the respective obligations and responsibilities of States and businesses enterprises under the UNGPs.

Moderators
avatar for Anna Triponel

Anna Triponel

Triponel Consulting

Speakers
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Mustafa Qadri

Executive Director, Equidem Research and Consulting
Mustafa Qadri is the Founder and Executive Director of Equidem Research and Consulting, managing all our projects and partner relationships. He is a human rights research and advocacy expert with over 15 years of interdisciplinary experience in government and public international... Read More →
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Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
avatar for Alia Hindawi

Alia Hindawi

Jordan & Lebanon Programme Manager, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre
Alia Hindawi has been working in the field of migration for over a decade, with experience covering emergency, transit, and development contexts. She worked for the International Labour Organization as a project manager, handling the migration profile in Jordan and sat on the local... Read More →
avatar for Mohammad Ali Alnsour

Mohammad Ali Alnsour

Chief, MENA Section, OHCHR
Mohammad Ali ALNSOUR is currently the Chief of the Middle East and North Africa Section at the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights.He has also served as adviser to the High Commissioner for Human Rights (2014- 15). Prior to that, he held the posts of Director... Read More →
avatar for Nomsa Fulbrook-Kagwe

Nomsa Fulbrook-Kagwe

Executive, CDC Group plc
Nomsa's expertise is as a social practitioner, where she works with Fund Managers and companies in the private sector, across emerging markets to effectively manage risk, realise opportunity and drive holistic impact. Sectors of expertise include agribusiness, infrastructure and renewables... Read More →




Wednesday November 27, 2019 15:00 - 16:45
Room XXIV