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Part I, Panel on Progress on the UN Guiding Principles - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018
26 Nov 2018 -  Part I - Are States making progress on the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights? Challenges, innovations and lessons learned from implementation
Brief Description:
This Forum session led by the Working Group will provide an opportunity for States to share updates on progress in implementing the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and for all relevant stakeholders to engage in open dialogue on ways forward.
Under the 2018 Forum’s central theme “Business respect for human rights –building on what works”, the Working Group invites States to share information about:
(a) Regulatory and policy developments to provide guidance, incentives and/or requirements for business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence in order to identify, prevent, mitigate and account for how they address their adverse human rights impacts across operations and value chains;
(b) Updates on national action plans on business and human rights (in line with Human Rights Council resolution 26/22, paragraph 4), including assessments of impact of the implementation of existing plans.
The Forum’s regional track will provide further opportunities for exchange about such initiatives and stakeholder perspectives on the ways forward.

Part I – Government leadership to drive business respect for human rights – Lessons learned from around the world and ways forward
• Opening remarks by Dante Pesce, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business & Human Rights – Government action to drive business respect – what is the current state of play?
• Government panel to share experiences on new developments and commitments for moving the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights from paper to practice [broad focus: legislation, regulation, national action plans and other policy frameworks]
• Open dialogue: Government action to drive corporate human rights due diligence: what works? Lessons from regulatory and policy action
• Interventions by other states from the floor
• Interventions by other stakeholders from the floor

Moderator/ Introductory Remark...
• Dante Pesce - Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Speakers
• Francisco Barbosa - Presidential Adviser on Human Rights, Government of Colombia
• Meo Beyan - Assistant Minister for Economic Affairs, Ministry for Economic Affairs, Liberia
• Somn Promaros - Director-General of the Rights and Liberties Protection Department, Ministry of Justice, Thailand
• Lorena Recabarren - Subsecretary of Human Rights, Government of Chile
• Maylis SOUQUE - Secretary-General French NCP Responsible Business Conduct, Ministry of Economy, France l

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