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Wednesday, November 27 • 11:30 - 13:00
Regional dialogue: lessons learned, challenges, innovation - WEOG - Part 2 (Home States and responsible investment in post-conflict)

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Part 2 of the WEOG-dialogue will focus on the role of home States in promoting responsible investment and responsible business in post-conflict and reconstruction contexts, as well as considerations for fragile situations more generally.

The discussions will help inform a project by the UN Working Group on business and human rights in conflict and post-conflict areas. For details about that project, see: https://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Business/Pages/ConflictPostConflict.aspx.

A key question for the dialogue: how to ensure that investments contribute to peacebuilding and to development in post-conflict and reconstruction contexts, and what is the role of home States (while noting the duty of host States to protect human rights within their territories)?

While policy options for both home and host States to promote corporate respect for human rights in conflict-affected areas were explored in a companion report to the Guiding Principles (UN Document A/HRC/17/32), such options for the immediate aftermath of conflict, i.e. in a post-conflict and fragile setting –– need further examination in order to identify the adequate interventions for States, business, investors and the international community.

Taking a broad view on the interplay between investment, business activities and post-conflict dynamics, the dialogue will seek to explore the role of home and host States in relation to several aspects, including:
  • How to foster business conduct and investments that contribute to sustainable development and stability?
  • What tools do States have to incentivize and guide companies and investors with regard to steering clear of business relationships with actors potentially linked to the worst human rights abuses?
  • How to support civil society’s role in promoting accountability and development of effective governance structures?
  • Looking at external and global system dynamics, what is expected of governments when acting as members of multilateral institutions, such as international financial institutions, to ensure policy coherence and help underpin business conduct that respects human rights and contributes to peacebuilding?

The session is part of a thematic track at the Forum that seeks to inform the UN Working Group on business and human rights in conflict and post-conflict areas. Other relevant sessions:

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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 →

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Anita Ramasastry

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
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Tyler Gillard

Head of Sector Projects and Legal Adviser, OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
Tyler Gillard is the Head of Due Diligence and Senior Legal Adviser in the OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct. He leads the OECD’s work on due diligence in the financial, textiles, mining & metals, oil & gas and agriculture sectors. Tyler joined the OECD in 2009 to lead... Read More →
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Noor Hamadeh

Program Head, Human Rights and Business Unit, Syrian Legal Development Programme
Noor Hamadeh is a Syrian American lawyer, holding a JD from the George Washington University Law School and the Head of the Human Rights and Business Unit at the Syrian Legal Development Programme. Prior to joining SLDP, Hamadeh completed a legal fellowship with the Public International... Read More →
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John Katsos

Associate Professor, American University of Sharjah
Business in conflict contexts. Advancing peace through human rights promotion.
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Benjamin Gatland

Director Social Sustainability, Heineken International
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Maarten De Vuyst

advisor, seres
I coordinate the "business and human rights working group" launched by Seres to encourage the implementation of the Guiding Principles in companies operating in Spain.

Wednesday November 27, 2019 11:30 - 13:00 CET
Room XXI