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Opening Plenary - Forum on Business and Human Rights 2018
26 Nov 2018 -  Overall aim of opening plenary
The opening plenary of the UN Forum provides leadership and high-level perspectives on the main theme of the Forum. It features leaders from different background who can inspire others and help set the tone for constructive and solution-oriented dialogue over the three Forum days.
The backdrop to the discussions is the Forum’s mandate focused on discussing trends, challenges and emerging good practices in translating the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights for implementing the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework into practice, and promoting multi-stakeholder dialogue and cooperation on business and human rights.

Welcome by UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet and by Dante Pesce, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights Dante Pesce.

Conversation with civil society leaders
Prominent human rights advocates from around the world will share personal and inspiring stories of their struggles to call for business respect for human rights in practice.
• Kailash Satyarthi, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate, Kailash Satyarthi Children's Foundation
• Angkhana Neelapaijit, Commissioner, National Human Rights Commission of Thailand
• Leonardo Sakamoto, Member of the Board of Trustees, UN Voluntary Trust Fund on Contemporary Forms of Slavery, journalist, member of the Brazilian National Commission for the Eradication of Slave Labour and Chairman of Repórter Brasil.
• Phyllis Omido, founder of the Center for Justice Governance and Environmental Action (Kenya)
• Kate Gilmore, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights

Conversation with business leaders
Senior business leaders with share their perspectives on embedding respect for human rights in company practice and the importance of human rights due diligence.
• Tania Cosentino, SDG Pioneer; Senior Vice President, Schneider Electric
• Gary Goldberg, Chief Executive Officer, Newmont Mining Corporation
• Patrick Pouyanné, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Chief Executive Officer, TOTAL S.A.
• Jeannette Von Wolfersdorff, Member of the Board of the Santiago Exchange
Moderator: • Dante Pesce, Chairperson of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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