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UN Forum on Business & Human Rights 2012 - Coverage & commentaries

UN Forum on Business and Human Rights - Commentaries & media coverage relating to first annual Forum (Geneva, 3-5 Dec 2012)

For all materials relating to the UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, click here.

[español] Maria Prandi, Instituto de Innovación Social:"El Foro sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos", enero de 2012

SOMO: "More than 18 months after endorsement of 'Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights", 19 Dec 2012

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights: "Making human rights a priority for business", 19 Dec 2012

[русский] МИД Российской Федерации: "Сообщение для СМИ о первом ежегодном Форуме по вопросам бизнеса и прав человека в Женеве", 12 декабря 2012

[français] Centre Europe - Tiers Monde (CETIM): « Forum sur les entreprises et les droits humains : Que cache le méga show à l'ONU ? », :6 décembre 2012
   [español]"Foro sobre las empresas y los derechos humanos: ¿Qué esconde el mega show en la ONU?, 6 diciembre 2012

Faris Natour, BSR: "Human Rights Day: A Call to Respect Human Dignity", 10 Dec 2012

Andreas Zumach, Deutsche Welle: "Protecting human rights in a globalized economy", 10 Dec 2012

Sarah Altschuller, Foley Hoag: "John Ruggie gives opening address at U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights", 11 Dec 2012

[español] Fundación Ideas para la Paz:"FIP participa en Foro sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos", diciembre 2012 

[español] Armando Pérez Araújo, Pensamiento Caribe [blog]: "Empresas y Derechos Humanos", 10 diciembre 2012

[français] Ram Etwareea, Le Temps (Suisse): "L'ONU insiste sur le respect des droits humains par les entreprises", 5 décembre 2012

US State Department: "Geneva Forum Marks Real Turning Point in Discussion of Business and Human Rights", 4 Dec 2012 (interview with Assistant US Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights & Labor Michael Posner)

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1 January 2013
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Author: Maria Prandi, Instituto de Innovación Social

[Durante el] Foro sobre Empresa y Derechos Humanos que tuvo lugar en la sede de Naciones Unidas en Ginebra...se hizo palpable que no existían...datos contrastados acerca de cómo los Principios Rectores habían prevenido, mitigado o reparado los...

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19 December 2012

Making human rights a priority for business

Author: Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights

Puvan Selvanathan, Chairperson of the Working Group, said that the Working Group had sought to ensure a broad and balanced participation of stakeholders in the Forum in order to maximize its potential for creating spinoffs at the wider international,...

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11 December 2012

John Ruggie gives opening address at U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights

Author: Sarah A. Altschuller, Foley Hoag

On December 4 and 5, more than 1,000 participants from 85 countries gathered for the first U.N. Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. The Forum focused on “trends and challenges” in the implementation of the U.N. Guiding...

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10 December 2012
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Author: Armando Pérez Araújo, Pensamiento Caribe [blog]

Aprovechemos lo escuchado en el Foro de las Naciones Unidas sobre Derechos Humanos y Empresas...nuestro aprendizaje a partir de este Foro no podrá ser otro que enfocarnos, principalmente, a plantear que se desarrollen de diferentes maneras las...

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10 December 2012

Human Rights Day: A Call to Respect Human Dignity

Author: Faris Natour, Director - Human Rights, BSR

At last week’s inaugural UN Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, I was struck by the sheer size of the event—about 1,000 participants—and by the number of companies openly discussing challenges, collaborating on solutions, and engaging in...

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10 December 2012

Protecting human rights in a globalized economy

Author: Andreas Zumach, Deutsche Welle [Germany]

When the UN Human Rights Council passed the [Guiding Principles on Business & Human Rights] in June 2011, that was only the first step...But which concrete measures have been taken over the last 18 months to implement the guidelines? Experts...

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6 December 2012
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Author: Centre Europe - Tiers Monde (CETIM)

Resultado de una resolución del Consejo de los Derechos Humanos, este Foro reunirá con los gobiernos, las ONG y las instituciones nacionales de derechos humanos, las empresas transnacionales tales como ABB, Chevron, Shell, BP, Repsol, PepsiCo UBS ......

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6 December 2012
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Author: Centre Europe - Tiers Monde (CETIM)

Issu d'une résolution du Conseil des droits de l'homme, ce Forum réunira, aux côtés des Etats, ONG et institutions nationales des droits humains, les représentant-e-s des STN (sociétés transnationales) telles que ABB, Chevron, Shell, BP, Repsol...

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5 December 2012
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Author: Ram Etwareea, Le Temps [Suisse]

Un forum réunit un millier de délégués à Genève. Selon des activistes, la mondialisation et la libéralisation ont rendu les Etats impuissants face aux entreprises...John Ruggie, ancien rapporteur spécial de l’ONU sur les entreprises et les droits...

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4 December 2012

Geneva Forum Marks Real Turning Point in Discussion of Business and Human Rights

Author: HumanRights.Gov [USA]

[W]e’re focused on...what...the U.S. government [should] be doing...Congress has enacted the Dodd-Frank Bill which now requires reporting by U.S. companies doing business in the DRC. We have now regulations, a reporting requirement for companies doing...

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