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Wednesday, December 2 • 11:00 - 12:30
Implementing UN Guiding Principles: Pathways for the Pacific

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The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) are the authoritative global standard to promote business respect for human rights. Several states in Asia have been taking steps to implement the UNGPs by developing a national action plan on business and human rights (NAP) or by taking other legal-policy measures. Various business enterprises are also responding to growing expectations of stakeholders to respect human rights by conducting human rights due diligence. However, the progress in the Pacific region has been slow so far. This session will examine different pathways for states in the Pacific to implement the UNGPs and make linkages with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It will also discuss why state and businesses should take seriously the business and human rights agenda.

This session aims to:
  • Explore different pathways for the Pacific states to implement the UNGPs;
  • Learn from the experience of other states in Asia to implement the UNGPs by developing a stand-alone NAP or by taking other measures; and
  • Discuss how the NAPs in the Pacific region could also assist states in implementing the SDGs and overcoming other local challenges such as environmental pollution, climate change and gender-based violence.

Session organized by UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. 

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Surya Deva

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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Natasha Khan

Coordinator, Diploma in Leadership, Governance and Human Rights, University of South Pacific School of Governance
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Vanessa Zimmerman

CEO / Board member, Pillar Two / Global Compact Network Australia
Vanessa is a recognised global and domestic corporate sustainability expert focusing on human rights.Originally an anti-trust lawyer, Vanessa specialised in business and human rights, working for five years as a Legal Advisor to the UN Special Representative on Business and Human... Read More →
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Livio Sarandrea

Chief Adviser and Manager, Business and Human Rights in Asia, UNDP
Livio Sarandrea, is the Chief Adviser and Manager of UNDP’s project: “Business and Human Rights in Asia promoting Responsible Business practices through regional partnerships (B+HR Asia)”. A Human Rights lawyer with 20 years of field experience in Southeast Europe, Africa and... Read More →
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Christina Sakato

Policy Officer, Conservation Environment Protection Authority (CEPA), Papua New Guinea
My name is Christina Sakato, a policy officer with Conservation and Environment Protection Authority of Papua New Guinea. My work mainly revolves around policy review and analysis, providing technical information on ratification of environmental agreements (Nagoya Protocol on Access... Read More →
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Ashwin Raj

Director, Fiji Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission

Wednesday December 2, 2020 11:00 - 12:30 +12
Britannia room 1 Victoria Parade, Suva, Fiji