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Wednesday, November 29 • 17:00 - 18:00
Closing plenary

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Session organized by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Interpretation available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish. International Sign language and close captioning available.

Brief description of the session:
This session draws the 2023 annual Forum on Business and Human Rights to a close. The aim of the session is to reflect on the Forum’s theme ‘Towards Effective Change in Implementing Obligations, Responsibilities and Remedies’. It will do so by considering the roles which each stakeholder plays in ensuring the effective implementation of the UNGPs and promoting respect for human rights in business activities. In particular, there will be a focus on effective remedies and what is needed to implement them. It will also be an opportunity to review what has been heard during the Forum and offer ideas for the ways forward.

Key objectives of the session:
  • Reflect on the Forum’s theme of ‘Towards Effective Change in Implementing Obligations, Responsibilities and Remedies’;
  • Analyse how different stakeholders can act to ensure the effective implementation of the UNGPs and promote respect for human rights in business activities;
  • Discuss how judicial and non-judicial grievance mechanisms, State-based and non-State based, can ensure access to effective remedy;
  • Identify opportunities and obstacles for moving forward to make effective change; and
  • Share positive practical examples of actions taken, including those that have been featured during the UN Forum.

Speakers
avatar for H. E. Seongmee YOON

H. E. Seongmee YOON

Permanent Representative to the Conference on Disarmament, Deputy Permanent Representative to the UN, Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea
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Katy Thompson

Head of Rule of Law, Security, and Human Rights, UNDP
avatar for Viviane Schiavi

Viviane Schiavi

Global Policy Lead - Anti-corruption and Corporate Responsibility, International Chamber of Commerce
Viviane Schiavi is Senior Executive for Corporate Responsibility and Anti-corruption with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), overseeing ICC’s work to promote anti-corruption, responsible business conduct and corporate responsibility worldwide. These objectives are pursued... Read More →
avatar for Laura Adriana Esparza García

Laura Adriana Esparza García

Professor of Law, University of Monterrey, Institute of Human Rights and Business (IDHE - UDEM)
Laura is Professor of Human Rights Law at the School of Law and Social Sciences of the University of Monterrey, and Project Manager at the Institute of Human Rights and Business in the same university. Her research focuses on public policies and corporate practices on business and... Read More →
avatar for Robert McCorquodale

Robert McCorquodale

Vice-chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Robert McCorquodale is the Emeritus Professor of International Law and Human Rights, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom and Barrister / mediator at Brick Court Chambers, London, United Kingdom. He has been researching, teaching and advising on business and human rights for... Read More →
avatar for Ambassador Václav Bálek

Ambassador Václav Bálek

President, Human Rights Council
Ambassador Václav Bálek has been the Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva since August 2021.He was elected President of the Human Rights Council for 2023 on 9 December 2022.
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Kemal Özkan

Assistant General Secretary, IndustriALL Global Union
 Kemal Özkan is an engineer with a master’s degree in economics and business administration. He comes from a trade union family, and his father was imprisoned for four years over union activity during the military coup d’état in Turkey in 1980.Kemal Özkan’s trade union’s... Read More →
avatar for Chilekwa Mumba

Chilekwa Mumba

2023 Goldman Environmental Prize winner
Alarmed by the pollution produced by the Konkola Copper Mines operation in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia, Chilekwa Mumba organized a lawsuit to hold the mine’s parent company, Vedanta Resources, responsible. Chilekwa’s victory in the UK Supreme Court set a legal precedent—it... Read More →
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Sarah "Bestang" Dekdeken

Indigenous caucus representative
Sarah “Bestang” Dekdeken is an indigenous Kankanaey-Igorot from the Cordillera region, Philippines. She is currently the Secretary General of the Cordillera Peoples Alliance, the Asia Program Director of Land is Life, and Steering Committee member of the Asia Indigenous Peoples... Read More →



Wednesday November 29, 2023 17:00 - 18:00 CET
Room XX