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Wednesday, December 1 • 12:30pm - 1:45pm
Western European and Other States Group (WEOG): Progress over the next decade of implementing the UNGPs - Regional trends and dialogue

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Session organized by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Brief description of the session:
As the UNGPs turned 10 in June 2021, the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights took stock of the first decade of implementation. The stocktaking highlighted that the UNGPs have led to significant progress by providing a common framework for all stakeholders in managing business-related human rights risks and impacts, but that considerable gaps remain to effectively prevent and remedy harm caused by business, particularly for those in the most vulnerable situations. Meaningful progress over the next 10 years will depend on how these gaps are addressed.

This session provides an opportunity for WEOG States to share their own commitments and plans for scaling-up implementation and effectiveness of the UNGPs in the next decade in the region.
This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. In the context of the Working Group’s project ‘Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation' (also known as “UNGPs 10+ / Next Decade BHR”), it provides an opportunity for WEOG States to share their own achievements, commitments, innovations, policies and plans. It also offers a chance for WEOG States to respond to the recommendations made by the Working Group as part of the UNGPs 10+ project.

Participants will discuss legal and policy innovations and practices on which progress can be built across the region for strengthening action to address business and human rights issues and promote responsible business conduct in the next decade.

The session will involve presentations by governments that are moving ahead with regulatory and policy innovations including promoting better human rights due diligence, effectively developing, revising and implementing national action plans on business and human rights and strengthening access to effective remedy for victims of business-related human rights abuses. The presentations will be complemented by perspectives from other relevant stakeholders in a spirit of constructive dialogue.

Objectives of the session:
  • Share lessons learned from recent government efforts to drive greater policy coherence on business and human rights issues, and reach a significant scale in the implementation by business enterprises of the corporate responsibility to respect human rights.
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and way forward, including on how to strengthen a race to the top among WEOG States.
  • Reflect on the ways to implement within the region the recommendations made by the Working Group through its UNGPs 10+ project.

Background documents and submissions:

avatar for Anita Ramasastry

Anita Ramasastry

Member, Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →


Marc Pecsteen de Buytswerve

Ambassador and Permanent Rapresentative, Belgium
avatar for Lucie Chatelain

Lucie Chatelain

Advocacy and Litigation Officer, Sherpa
Lucie Chatelain is an Advocacy and Litigation Officer in Sherpa's Globalisation and Human Rights Programme.Sherpa is a French non-governmental organisation which aims to defend victims of economic crimes and fight against new forms of impunity linked to globalisation - through legal... Read More →
avatar for Théo Jaekel

Théo Jaekel

Corporate Responsibility Expert - Business and Human Rights, Ericsson
Legal counsel responsible for human rights at group level, across Ericsson's value chain. This includes issues related to responsible sourcing and the end use of Ericsson technology.
avatar for Elin Wrzoncki

Elin Wrzoncki

Department Director, Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR)
Director of Human rights & Business Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark's National Human Rights institution (NHRI). The DIHR works with a variety of actors, including state actors, financial institutions and others to advance implementation of the UNGPs. In... Read More →
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Marc Bichler

Permanent Representative of Luxembourg to the United Nations Office at Geneva
Marc Bichler is a lawyer by training, with a Master degree from Université de Paris I – Panthéon Sorbonne. He was a member of the Luxembourg Bar Association before he joined the Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs in Luxembourg, in 1990. He has consecutively served as Deputy... Read More →
avatar for Keith Shannon

Keith Shannon

UK 's Acting Migration and Modern Slavery Envoy
Born in Edinburgh in Scotland, Keith was educated at Craigmount High School and at the University of St Andrews, from which he graduated with an MA (Honours) degree in Modern History with International Relations.Keith joined the Diplomatic Service in 1988. Before his first posting... Read More →
avatar for Wolfgang Bindseil

Wolfgang Bindseil

Head of the Division Business and Human Rights, German Foreign Office
Wolfgang Bindseil is Head of the Division Business and Human Rights in the German Foreign Office since October 2020. On his previous post, he served as Head of Division for Humanitarian Assistance (2019/20), Minister-Counsellor at the German Embassy in Kyiv (2015-19), Deputy Head... Read More →

Guro Nygaard Lysdahl

senior adviser, Norwegian Ministry of Children and Families

Gerry Cunningham

Director of the Human Rights Unit, Department of Foreign Affairs of Ireland

Scott Busby

Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, US Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor
avatar for H.A. (Hannah) Tijmes

H.A. (Hannah) Tijmes

Deputy Director, Trade Policy and International Economic Governance Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands
Involved in Responsible Business Conduct since 2017 and as such responsible for policy development of a smart mix to promote RBC. This includes legislative initiatives, voluntary multi-stakeholder initiatives and the development of an RBC support office for businesses.Ms Tijmes is... Read More →

Wednesday December 1, 2021 12:30pm - 1:45pm CET
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