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Johann N. Schneider-Ammann, Plenary II: Leadership perspectives - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2016
15 Nov 2016 -  “Leadership perspectives: Embedding human rights in the rules and relationships that drive the global economy”

Plenary session II

The 2016 UN Forum on Business and Human Rights addresses key human rights challenges around the globe where greater State and business leadership and leverage urgently need to be applied.

The plenary session on 15 November will offer leadership perspectives and inspiration on some of the Forum’s overall key messages, including the need for:

1.States to “lead by example” and step up action to protect human rights in business contexts.
2. All business enterprises that make up the value chain and all relevant company functions to exercise leadership and leverage to embed respect for human rights in business activities.
3.Increased efforts to improve access to remedy for victims of human rights abuses and to protect those in particularly vulnerable situations.

Part I: Welcome remarks
• Ambassador Geert Muylle, Vice-President of the UN Human Rights Council
• Sergei Alexandrovich Ordzhonikidze - Chairperson of the 2016 Forum • Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Part II: Keynote speech
• Johann N. Schneider-Ammann - President of the Swiss Confederation

Part III: Panel discussion on “leadership perspectives”
• Moderator: Anita Ramasastry - UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

• Panelists:
- Luis Almagro - Secretary General, Organization of American States
- Gillian Caldwell - CEO, Global Witness
- Mark Cutifani - CEO, Anglo American
- Githu Muigai - Attorney General, Kenya
- Jasmine Whitbread - Non-Executive Director BT Group and Standard Chartered / former CEO, Save the Children International

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