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Monday, November 28 • 11:40am - 1:00pm
Opening Plenary: People and the planet at the centre of advancing business accountability in the next decade

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The annual Forum on Business and Human Rights is the UN's platform for multi-stakeholder dialogue to assess the progress made by states and businesses in moving the three pillars to "Protect, Respect and Remedy" of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) from paper to practice, identify challenges and salient issues and discuss what’s needed to address them adequately.

The plenary of the UN Forum, titled "People and the planet at the centre of advancing business accountability in the next decade", will provide different stakeholders' perspectives on the main theme of the Forum: Strengthening accountability to advance business respect for people and the planet in the next decade.
Among other objectives, the opening plenary seeks to provide inspiration and help set the tone for constructive and solution-oriented dialogue over subsequent discussions. A key goal is to provide a global platform for stakeholders' dialogue on how to enhance accountability and remedy mechanisms for business-related human rights abuses, accelerate the pace of implementation by States and businesses, and incentivize the participation of other actors in alignment with the recommendations from the UNGPs 10+ roadmap.

The plenary aims to reinforce the message that rights holders must be at the centre of any meaningful initiative to secure accountability and access to remedy in order to focus on the effective implementation of the UNGPs.

The Plenary session will consist of a segment of opening remarks followed by a roundtable featuring reflections of stakeholders from different sectors and regions.

Key references: 

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Nada Al-Nashif

United Nations Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights, OHCHR
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Fernanda Hopenhaym

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Fernanda Hopenhaym is Co-Executive Director at Project on Organizing, Development, Education and Research (PODER), an organization in Latin America dedicated to corporate accountability. For twenty years, Ms. Hopenhaym has worked on economic, social and gender justice. Since 2006... Read More →
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Victor Van Vuuren

OIC ADG for Jobs and Protection, International Labour Organization
Victor has a Law Degree. Worked as prosecutor and magistrate and then moved into the private sector as a corporate legal advisor and human resources director at executive level in large corporates. He helped establish a unified South African business federation and was appointed as... Read More →
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Lara Wolters

Member, European Parliament
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Pedro Villela Campanema Garcia

Social Responsibility Manager, Eletrobras
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Khunan Jargalsaikhan

Chief Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia
Mr. Khunan Jargalsaikhan, Master of State and Law Science, was appointed Chief Commissioner of the National Human Rights Commission of Mongolia (NHRCM) on the 17th of June 2022. Previously he was appointed as Commissioner of the NHRCM on the 6th of November 2020 and served as Acting... Read More →
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Hina Jilani

Member, United Nations Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery
Ms Jilani is an international human rights lawyer, specializing in the rights of women, children, minority groups and prisoners. She is the co-founder of the first all-woman law firm in Pakistan, helped establish the first legal aid centre in her country and the Dastak Charitable... Read More →
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Ricardo Pérez Manrique

Judge-President, Inter-American Court of Human Rights
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Radiatu Haja Sheriff-Kahnplaye

Environmentalist, Green Advocates International (GAI)

Monday November 28, 2022 11:40am - 1:00pm CET
Room XX