Speeches & presentations

Below are presentations made at panels & side events of the 2013 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights for which video, including questions & answers from the floor, or the text of remarks is available.

- Video links from Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
- For translation to English of audio/video of contributions in other languages as noted below: On the linked pages on UN Web TV site, click on "Available languages" menu beneath the video.
- Full official programme of the Forum, with full session descriptions, including "Expected outcomes"
- Full list of side events


Tues. 3 December

9:00-9:45am

Opening Session
Video
- Chair: Makarim Wibisono, Chair of 2013 Forum on Business & Human Rights, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation
- Opening remarks by President of UN Human Rights Council Remigiusz Henczel
- Opening remarks by Chair of UN Working Group on business & human rights Alexandra Guáqueta (link is to official English translation; original intervention in Spanish - click "Video" link above)
- Opening remarks by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay

10:00-11:30am

Towards global implementation of the UN Guiding Principles - deepening the involvement of all regions (Plenary panel I)
Video
Chair: Makarim Wibisono, Chair of Forum, Executive Director of ASEAN Foundation
Keynote introduction: Alexandra Guáqueta, UN Working Group on business & human rights (in Spanish)
Panellists:
- Philippe Boillat, Council of Europe (in French)
- Med Kaggwa, African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights, Uganda Human Rights Commission
- Rafendi Djamin, ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights
- Maria Claudia Pulido, Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (in Spanish)

11:45am-1:15pm

Defending human rights in context of business operations in complex environments - challenges faced by human rights defenders & role of States and business (Plenary panel II)
Video
Chair: Michael Addo, UN Working Group on business & human rights
Keynote introduction: Professor Joseph Stiglitz, Columbia Univ. (USA)
Panellists:
- Paul Arkwright, Government of UK
- Philip Jordan, Total S.A.
- Margaret Sekaggya, Special Rapporteur on situation of human rights defenders
- Marietta Paragas, Shontoug Foundation (Philippines)

1:30-3:00pm

Challenges of land and environmental rights defenders in danger
Video  -  Report launched: "Land & environmental rights defenders in danger: an overview of recent cases"
Chair: Debbie Stothard, Alternative ASEAN Network on Burma (Altsean-Burma) & Secretary General of FIDH
Panellists:
- Jorge Luis Morales, lawyer & member of Verapaz Union of Peasant Organisations (Guatemala) (in Spanish)
- Samuel Nguiffo, Centre for Environment and Development (CED) (Cameroon)
- Harriet Berg, Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva
- reading of statement by John Knox, UN Independent Expert on human rights & environment
- Pavel Sulyandziga, UN Working Group on business & human rights (in Russian)

3:00-4:30pm

Overcoming barriers to effective judicial remedies
Video
Chair: Michael K. Addo, UN Working Group
Panellists:
- Richard Meeran, Leigh Day
- Sergio Suiama, Brazil Office of the Federal Prosecutor
- Brent Wilton, International Organisation of Employers
Commentators:
- Elida Cristina, Tz’ununija
- Seema Joshi, Amnesty International

4:45-6:00pm

Non-judicial remedy: Is practice on the ground delivering effective remedy outcomes?
Video
Chair: Alexandra Guáqueta, UN Working Group (in Spanish)
Panellists:
- Loretta Rosales, Intl. Coordinating Committee of Natl. Human Rights Institutions - Working Group on Business & Human Rights
- Karin Buhmann, Danish National Contact Point for OECD Guidelines
- Laura Safer Espinoza, Fair Food Standards Council (USA)
Commentators:
- Joris Oldenziel, SOMO & OECD Watch
- Dwight Justice, Intl. Trade Union Confederation


Wed. 4 December

8:30-10:00am

Indigenous peoples and business operations
Video
Chair: Pavel Sulyandziga, UN Working Group on business & human rights (in Russian)
Panellists:
- James Anaya, UN Special Rapporteur on rights of indigenous peoples
- Eduardo Vega Luna, Defensoría del Pueblo de Peru (in Spanish)
- Arantza Hernanz, IPIECA and Repsol (in Spanish)
Commentators:
- Ivan Chernyakhovskiy, Sakhalin Energy and UN Global Compact
- Joan Carling, Asia Indigenous Peoples Pact

10:15-11:45am

Security and human rights: Aligning key standards with the UN Guiding Principles
Video
Chair: Gare Smith, Foley Hoag law firm
Panellists:
- Claude Wild, Swiss Federal Department of Foreign Affairs
- Mark Wall, Barrick Gold Corporation
- Egbert Wesselink, IKV Pax Christi
Commentators:
- Abiodun Baiyewu, Global Rights, Nigeria
- Francisco Lloreda, Office of the President, Colombia

12:00-1:30pm

Consultation on feasibility of a global fund for capacity-building to implement UN Guiding Principles
Video  -  Document: Background & consultation process
Chair: Lene Wendland, Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
Panellist:
- Scott Jerbi, Institute for Human Rights and Business

1:45-3:15pm

Implementing the UN Guiding Principles in agribusiness
Video
Chair: Daira Gómes, Fundación Centro de Gestión Technológica et Informática Industrial (Cegesti)
Panellists:
- Nirun Phitakwatchara , Thailand Human Rights Commission
- Rafael Maldonado, Centro de Acción Legal Ambiental y Social de Guatemala (in Spanish)
- Christian Frutiger, Nestlé
Commentators:
- Vladimir Evtimov, FAO
- Ylva Stiller, Syngenta

3:15pm-5:45pm

Closing plenary: Priorities and key issues for 2014
Video
Chair: Forum Chairperson Makarim Wibisono
Panellists:
- Mary Robinson, Mary Robinson Foundation - Climate Justice, former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights & President of Ireland
- Aron Cramer, BSR (Business for Social Responsibility)
- Aisha Abdullahi, African Union Commission
- William Echickson, Google
- Debbie Stothard, Intl. Federation for Human Rights & Altsean-Burma

Interventions from the floor:
Robert Grabosch, Rechtsanwaltskanzlei Grabosch (German lawyer)


Other presentations

The Forum included presentations on the following initiatives & projects:

"Corporate Responses to Hate Speech in the 2013 Kenyan Presidential Elections. Case Study: Safaricom"
Institute for Human Rights & Business, 5 Nov 2013

"The ‘Nairobi Process: A Pact for Responsible Business"
Institute for Human Rights & Business, 1 Apr 2013

"The Third Pillar: Access to Judicial Remedies for Human Rights Violations by Transnational Business", Gwynne Skinner, Robert McCorquodale, Olivier De Schutter & Andie Lambe, for Intl. Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR), Corporate Responsibility Coalition (CORE), European Coalition for Corporate Justice (ECCJ), 1 Dec 2013

"Measuring Business & Human Rights" research project to assess & compare companies' responsibility to respect human rights, led by Ann Sofie Cloots (Univ. of Cambridge), Charline Daelman (KU Leuven), Damiano de Felice (LSE), Irene Pietropaoli (Middlesex Univ.), Dec 2013

"Interim Briefing: National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights", ICAR & Danish Institute for Human Rights, 2 Dec 2013

"Public Procurement and Human Rights", Danish Institute for Human Rights, Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission, Agency for Public Management and eGoverment & International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, 3 Dec 2013

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