Business and human rights has been hotly contested since 1990s, as a by-product of that decade's wave of privatization and off-shore production coupled with increasing activism and conflicts in areas of mineral and natural resource extraction. In 2005 Harvard Professor John Ruggie was appointed by then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan as UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights, mandated with developing concrete and practical recommendations for all stakeholders to better manage business and human rights challenges. In 2008 the UN Human Rights Council unanimously welcomed the UN "Protect, Respect and Remedy" Framework Professor Ruggie proposed for dealing with business and human rights issues and extended his mandate for the purposes of operationalizing the Framework. Ending in June 2011, the final contribution of this mandate will be a set of Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. With wide support from individual governments, business enterprises and associations, civil society and workers organizations, and investors, the Framework together with the resulting set of Guiding Principles have significantly progressed this agenda by deepening understanding and thus allowing businesses and other stakeholders to better manage their impacts.
This seminar will address Professor Ruggie's work to date, highlighting how it fits into other international and regional initiatives on business and human rights and potential next steps after the mandate ends in June 2011.
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1. Gerald Pachoud, Special Adviser to Prof John Ruggie, United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights 2. Vanessa Zimmerman, Legal Adviser to Prof John Ruggie, United Nations Secretary General's Special Representative for Business and Human Rights
- Monday, 21 March 2011
- 5.15 p.m. - 6.30 p.m.
Seminar Room 3-5
Level 3, Manasseh Meyer
Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy
469C Bukit Timah Road