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Wednesday, November 27 • 10:30 - 11:40
Regional dialogue: lessons learned, challenges, innovation - Asia. Part I. Progress on State action: National Action Plans and beyond

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Session organized by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and UNDP Business and Human Rights in Asia Programme

Background
In Asia, governments are increasingly embarking on efforts to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). In the last year alone, countries such as Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Pakistan are following in the footsteps of Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia, and developing National Action Plans (NAPs) or other policy frameworks on business and human rights, involving multi-stakeholders consultations. The Thai government approved its NAP in in October 2019, while South Korea included in 2018 a chapter on business and human rights in its National Action Plan on Human Rights. In early 2019, India released a zero draft of its NAP. Japan aims to adopt a NAP by June 2020.

While drafting of NAPs remains a key signal of commitment to implement the UNGPs, evidence exists to show that the discussion around responsible business conduct has progressed beyond governments agreeing to draft action plans. With growing awareness about the human rights responsibility of business enterprises, there has been an increasing scrutiny of the impact of inbound and outbound investments on human rights of individuals and communities by national human rights institutions (NHRIs), civil society organisations (CSOs), human rights defenders, trade unions, scholars and the media. The adverse impacts on the rights of specific groups such as children, women, migrant workers and indigenous peoples have also attracted attention.

Against this background, this two-part session will provide an opportunity to assess the progress made, challenges faced, and further opportunities available in the implementation of the UNGPs in Asia. By brining together government officials, NHRIs, CSOs and companies from countries across Asia, this interactive session will also facilitate peer learning and reinforce a race to the top in Asia. Efforts will be made to provide adequate space for questions and comments from the floor.

Progress on State action: National Action Plans and beyond
In Asia, six stand-alone NAPs on business and human rights are being drafted (or have been drafted) as a consequence of a formal policy commitment at the governmental level. In six countries – India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Pakistan and Thailand – processes have been generally aligned with the core criteria recommended by the UN Working Group, though they differ in their modalities and priorities chosen. Some countries like Nepal are starting – similar to South Korea – by inserting a chapter on business and human rights in their generic human rights action plan.

This part of the session will provide an opportunity to discuss the diverse pathways being followed by countries in Asia to promote responsible business conduct. It will also showcase other initiatives taken by certain countries to complement NAP processes. Examples include a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Securities and Exchange Commission of Thailand and the National Human Rights Commission of Thailand to support stock-listed corporations in meeting their responsibilities under the UNGPs; a MoU singed between NHRIs of Nepal and Qatar regarding migrant workers; the National Guidelines on Responsible Business Conduct adopted by India; and the innovative solutions adopted by Indonesia to translate national commitments at the local level.

Moderators
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Livio Sarandrea

Chief Adviser and Manager, Business and Human Rights in Asia, UNDP Asia-Pacific
Livio Sarandrea, is the Chief Adviser and Manager of UNDP’s project: “Business and Human Rights in Asia promoting Responsible Business practices through regional partnerships (B+HR Asia)”. A Human Rights lawyer with 20 years of field experience in Southeast Europe, Africa and... Read More →

Speakers
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Surya Deva

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is a WG Member and Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong.  He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law... Read More →
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Kamran Rajar

Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, Pakistan
Malik Kamran Azam Khan Rajar is the Joint Secretary at the Ministry of Human Rights, Government of Pakistan. He is the driving force behind the business and human rights initiative in Pakistan and has extensively worked on a wide range of human rights issues, forming innovative ways... Read More →
avatar for Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol

Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol

Secretary General, Securities and Exchange Commission, Thailand
Ms. Ruenvadee Suwanmongkol has been the Secretary-General of the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC), Thailand since May, 2019. Prior to joining the SEC, Ms. Suwanmongkol worked at the Ministry of Justice for 15 years in various positions, i.e., Director-General of the Legal... Read More →
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Prabianto Mukti Wibowo

Assistant Deputy Minister for Forestry, Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs, Indonesia
Mr. Prabianto Mukti Wibowo is currently working at the Coordinating Ministry for Economic Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia as Assistant Deputy Minister for Forests Governance. He is responsible for providing expert support for policy-making in particular economic analysis relating... Read More →
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Koshal Chandra Subedi

Joint Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers
Mr. Koshal Chandra Subedi is working in the Government of Nepal at the Office of the Prime Minister and Council of Ministers as Joint Secretary. He heads Human Rights Division and his main responsibilities are to prepare national reports submitted in the treaty bodies, Universal Periodic... Read More →
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Shinji MINAMI

Director, Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan
Mr. Shinji Minami is Director of the Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs Division, Foreign Policy Bureau, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Since joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1996, he has also served as Director of the South America Division, Latin American... Read More →


Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:30 - 11:40 CET
Room XIX