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Progress and opportunities to strengthen BHR in…

Progress and opportunities to strengthen BHR in Middle East and North Africa Region - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2023

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Day 3 (Room XIX) - Progress and opportunities to strengthen BHR in Middle East and North Africa Region - 12th United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights 27 - 29 November 2023
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Brief description of the session:
  • The UNGPs have gained increased recognition among various stakeholders in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, including governments, businesses, national human rights institutions (NHRIs), civil society actors, academia and the legal community. However, despite the growing awareness, there are significant challenges in translating the UNGPs into effective frameworks for protecting and addressing human rights and environmental issues in the region.
  • This session will build upon the discussions from last year's annual forum session on the region to delve into the progress that has been achieved in advancing the business and human rights agenda, and to identify areas where further progress is needed and where gaps in protection persist. The session will also examine the implementation of the UNGPs, with a particular emphasis on government initiatives and the development of National Action Plans (NAPs) on Business and Human Rights.
Key objectives of the session:
  • Examine the utilization of the UNGPs to enhance human rights and environmental protection in the MENA region.
  • Identify obstacles, drivers, and priorities crucial for realizing the UNGPs in the MENA region.
  • Discuss practical measures to raise awareness and promote the implementation of the UNGPs throughout the MENA region.
  • Explore strategies for enhancing the capacities of all stakeholders to effectively leverage the UNGPs as a tool for States and businesses to fulfil their respective duties and responsibilities to protect and respect human rights and the environment.
Key discussion questions:
  • What are the primary drivers and priorities that must be addressed to fully realize the UNGPs in the MENA region?
  • How are human rights due diligence processes developing in the region to assist businesses in identifying and mitigating risks across their operations and supply chains? How will the global developments in human rights due diligence, such as the EU CSDDD, France's Duty of Vigilance Law, Germany's Supply Chain Due Diligence Act, impact the implementation of UNGPs in the MENA region?
  • What valuable insights can be learned from the progress made in advancing the implementation of the UNGPs in the MENA region, and how can these lessons guide future efforts?
  • Moderator : Damilola S. Olawuyi
  • Speakers : Krystel Bassil, H. E. Sabri Bachtobji, Takoua Tayari, Aude-Solveig Epstein, Maryam Abdullah Al Attiyah, Nedal Al Salman
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