This online event – co-hosted with the United Nations (UN) Working Group on business and transnational corporations and other business enterprises (Working Group), Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) and the Corporate Human Rights Benchmark – marks the launch of Taking stock of investor implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
This report is part of UNGPs 10+ Project, launched in July 2020 by the Working Group to take stock of the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) to date and chart a course for increased action by states and businesses in the next decade.
June 16th, 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the unanimous endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council of UNGPs. A major step forward in efforts to prevent and address business-related human rights abuse, they provide a global authoritative framework for state duties and business responsibilities to achieve the UNGPs' vision of ‘tangible results for affected individuals and communities, and thereby also contributing to a socially sustainable globalization.’
In its efforts to assess the first decade of UNGPs implementation and develop a roadmap for meaningful action in the decade ahead, the UNGPs 10+ Project seeks to shine a light on the responsibility of institutional investors – asset owners and managers – to respect human rights as key to speed and scale up business respect for human rights in the next decade. The report focuses on investors and the actors who work with and influence them, including State actors, civil society organizations, data providers, and consultants.
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As the EU is revising its legislation on seed marketing, the Geneva Academy is inputting this process to ensure that the UN Declaration on the Rights of Peasants and its article 19 on the right to seeds are taken into account.
Students of our LLM in International Humanitarian Law (IHL) and Human Rights (LLM) and MAS in Transitional Justice, Human Rights and the Rule of Law (MTJ) spent a week in the Balkans – Belgrade, Sarajevo and Srebrenica – where they met experts and institutions who work in the fields of IHL, human rights and transitional justice.
This roundtable will discuss the protection of torture survivors and their difficulties in effectively accessing national and international protection mechanisms.
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This training course will explore the origin and evolution of the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) and its functioning in Geneva and will focus on the nature of implementation of the UPR recommendations at the national level.
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This training course will explore the major international and regional instruments for the promotion of human rights, as well as with their implementation and enforcement mechanisms; and provide practical insights into the different UN human rights mechanisms pertinent to advancing environmental issues and protecting environmental human rights defenders.
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This research project, aimed via the drafting of a practitioners’ guide on human rights and countering corruption, to clarify the conceptual relationship between human rights, good governance and anticorruption, demonstrate the negative impact of corruption on human rights and provide guidance and make practical recommendations for effectively using the UN human rights system in anti-corruption efforts.