The 2030 Agenda, Human Rights, and Building Back Better: What to Expect from the World’s Most Influential Companies
As countries and economies move to build back better following the COVID-19 pandemic, this multi-stakeholder and interactive dialogue, held on July 9 at 8:00AM-9:00AM EST / 14:00-15:00 CET, explored the role of transparency and accountability from the private sector in achieving the 2030 Agenda and human rights commitments alike.
The dialogue ‘The 2030 Agenda, Human Rights, and Building Back Better: What to Expect from the World’s Most Influential Companies’ took place as the 2020 High-Level Political Forum in New York and the 44th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva convene concurrently, allowing this conversation to bring together different stakeholders on what is needed to fulfill the Decade of Action and escape traditional silos and divides.
Co-hosted by the World Benchmarking Alliance, Universal Rights Group, International Chamber of Commerce, and Permanent Mission of Norway to the UN and Other International Organisations in Geneva, this event highlighted needs and best practices on protecting the rights of workers and vulnerable populations in the workplace, marketplace, community, and across their supply chains – particularly in light of the COVID-19 crisis. It also focused on identifying channels and solutions for stronger collaboration across sectors and industries, including on building back better.
- Examine steps that the UN, governments, companies, and civil society can take to strengthen global norms for transparency from and accountability of the private sector on human rights and the SDGs
- Accelerate implementation of UN Human Rights Council Resolution 43/27, including helping inform planned Council intersessions on the 2030 Agenda and human rights
- Identify the most urgent needs and best practices from business community to protect the rights of workers and vulnerable populations in the workplace, marketplace, community, and across their supply chains.
- Identify channels and solutions for stronger New York-Geneva collaboration on Agenda 2030 and human rights.
- Lene Wendland, Chief of Business and Human Rights Section, UN Human Rights Office
- Crispin Conroy, Permanent Observer, International Chamber of Commerce to the UN Office in Geneva
- Lena Patel, Director for Strategic Engagement (Europe), Responsible Business Initiative for Justice
- Shamistha Selvaratnam, Research Analyst, World Benchmarking Alliance
- Marc Limon, Executive Director, Universal Rights Group
- Pauliina Murphy, Engagement Director, World Benchmarking Alliance (Moderator)
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