UN action following end of mandate

On 16 June 2011, the UN Human Rights Council endorsed the "Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the United Nations 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework" proposed by UN Special Representative John Ruggie:

- press release [PDF]
- full text of resolution:  English - French - Spanish - Arabic - Chinese - Russian

The full text of the Guiding Principles is in the Annex to this March 2011 report by Special Representative Ruggie to the Council.
- official translations: Arabic [DOC], Chinese [PDF], French [PDF], Spanish [DOC], Russian [PDF] 
- all known translations available here

For the Resource Centre's information hub on the Guiding Principles, please click here.

This was the end of John Ruggie's mandate as Special Representative.  He outlined his plans after the mandate here.

 
UN Working Group and Forum on business & human rights

The Human Rights Council resolution endorsing the Guiding Principles also established a Working Group on business & human rights.  The Resource Centre has created a separate portal to track the Working Group and its work.

The resolution also established an annual Forum on business & human rights "under the guidance of the Working Group to discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights, including challenges faced in particular sectors, operational environments or in relation to specific rights or groups, as well as identifying good practices."  

 

Recommendations for further UN action

UN Special Representative Ruggie: Recommendations on follow-up to the mandate [PDF], Feb 2011

See also: Statements by govt. delegations, NGOs, business orgs. and others at last Human Rights Council session of Ruggie's mandate, May-June 2011

ActionAid, Amnesty International, ESCR-Net, FIDH, Human Rights Watch, International Commission of Jurists, Rights & Accountability in Development & 48 other NGOs: Advancing the global business and human rights agenda: Follow-up to the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General [PDF], May 2011

Amnesty Intl: United Nations: A call for action to better protect the rights of those affected by business-related human rights abuses, 14 Jun 2011

Christine Bader, former Advisor to Special Representative Ruggie: NGOs dissatisfied? Fine with me…, on CSRwire TalkBack, 6 Jul 2011

Child Rights Information Network: Business and Human Rights: CRIN response to adoption of the Guiding Principles, 21 Jun 2011

CIDSE: Shaping the follow-up to the mandate of the UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights [PDF], 20 May 2011
- en français : Définir le suivi du mandat du Représentant spécial [de l'ONU chargé de la question des droits de l'homme et des entreprises] [PDF], mai 2011
- Text of oral statement to Human Rights Council [PDF]

FIAN International & 27 other NGOs: Statement to the Delegations on the Human Rights Council [PDF], 30 May 2011
- en español: Declaración Dirigida a las Delegaciones del Consejo de Derechos Humanos [PDF], 30 mayo 2011

Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (written by Connie de la Vega, Amol Mehra, Alexandra Wong): Holding Businesses Accountable for Human Rights Violations: Recent Developments and Next Steps, Jul 2011

Intl. Federation for Human Rights (FIDH): UN Human Rights Council adopts Guiding Principles on business conduct, yet victims still waiting for effective remedies, 17 Jun 2011

Intl. Federation for Human Rights, Intl. Commission of Jurists, Human Rights Watch, ESCR-Net, Rights & Accountability in Development: Joint Civil Society Statement on Business and Human Rights to the 17th Session of the UN Human Rights Council, 15 Jun 2011

Intl. Org. of Employers, Intl. Chamber of Commerce, Business & Industry Advisory Committee to the OECD: Joint Statement on Business and Human Rights to the United Nations Human Rights Council [PDF], 30 May 2011

Singapore Management Univ. School of Law - Asian Peace-building & Rule of Law Programme; Human Rights Resource Centre for ASEAN; Univ. of California-Berkeley War Crimes Studies Centre; Mazars: Joint Note to the SRSG (Business & Human Rights) - Follow-Up Actions in South-east Asia [PDF], 1 Jun 2011

For proposals for the creation of a binding global treaty on business & human rights, see the related "Big Issue" section of our site.

 
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