WORKSHOP ON BUSINESS AND HUMAN RIGHTS

ForUM and FIAN Norway have the pleasure of inviting Norwegian NGOs to a seminar and workshop looking into recent developments within the field of business and human rights and linkages between on-going international processes. The day will provide organisations with information that will enable them to push for responsible business practices across the world.

WHEN: Monday, 8 February 2016, 09:00 – 16:00
WHERE: ForUM, Storgata 11, Oslo (4th floor)

In 2011 the United Nations Human Rights Council unanimously endorsed the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. In October 2015, Norway launched its own National Action Plan to implement the principles.

Many states, including Norway, continue to deny the existence of extraterritorial obligations to protect human rights. What are the links between extraterritorial obligations, the activities of multinational companies and the UN Guiding Principles? And would a legally binding international treaty for business and human rights just be another complicating factor?

The workshop is intended for Norwegian NGOs.  Please register by sending a mail by noon on Friday 5 February to: lovise.ribe@fian.no

PROGRAMME:

09:00 Extraterritorial Human Rights Obligations (ETOs)
Rolf Künnemann,Human Rights Director, FIAN International
10:00 The current status of the work for a legally binding treaty on business and human rights and the link to ETOs
Rolf Künnemann,Human Rights Director, FIAN International
11:30 Presentation of the Norwegian National Action Plan for implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights
Stine Thomassen, Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs
12:30 Lunch
13:00 Workshop on how civil society can use the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in its advocacy work
Led by Virginia Sandjojo, Coordinator, SOMO (Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations)
16:00 End

Lunch and coffee will be provided.
WELCOME!