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Side Event - UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights Beyond 2021: What has worked, what has not, what needs to be done?

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June 2021 marks the tenth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights: Implementing the UN “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework – the globally recognized and authoritative framework for State duties and business responsibilities in preventing and addressing business-related human rights abuse. It is time to take stock on what has worked and what hasn't and what needs to change in order to more effectively promote the state duty to protect human rights, the business responsibility to promote as well as access to remedy.


This session will discuss progress and still existing gaps in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles as well as priority areas which should be in the focus in the next decade for mainstreaming and scaling up the UNGPs, and building a sustainable and more resilient post COVID global economy.


  • Discuss progress so far in the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles in Asia

  • Discuss still existing challenges in Asia

  • Sharing of best practice of company and state practice

  • Discuss the drivers needed to boost business action, beyond leaders and pioneers

  • Identifying key action areas to be focused on beyond 2021


  • In how far have the UN Guiding Principles changed state and business practice in the Asian region?

  • What are some specific examples of implementing the UNGPs in the region from companies (including SMEs)?

  • What are specific examples from state actions that promote and incentivize the uptake of UNGP by business?

  • What are the main challenges in the implementation of the UNGPs in Asia?

  • What drivers (markets’, investors’ and public policy signals) are key to accelerate the implementation of UNGP by all type of business? What actions are needed to promote the better implementation of the UNGPs?

Ms. Tomoko Hasegawa

Ms. Tomoko Hasegawa is Managing Director and Director of SDGs Promotion Bureau, Keidanren. She is in charge of promoting responsible business conduct and SDGs among member corporations through Keidanren’s Charter of Corporate Behavior.

Mr. Michael Niu

Michael Niu is the Division Director & Associate Researcher, International Department, China Enterprise Confederation (CEC). He holds a Ph.D in Business Administration from Nankai University in China.

Mr. Dante Pesce

Dante Pesce is a Member of the United Nations Working Group on Business and Human Rights, and the Founder and Executive Director of the VINCULAR Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development at the Catholic University of Valparaíso, Chile. Moreover, Mr. Pesce is Special Advisor on Public Policy to the United Nations Global Compact, a Member of the Stakeholder Council to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) and a member of the Strategic Advisory Group within ISO26000. At a national level, he is a member of the Chilean Council on Social Responsibility for Sustainable Development which established Chile’s first National Action Plan 2015-2018.

Mr. Salil Tripathi

Salil Tripathi is a writer and policy adviser with experience in researching corporate activities in diverse environments and applying international human rights standards to identify human rights abuses and and working with all sectors and stakeholders to build accountability and advocate positive change. At the Institute for Human Rights and Business Salil is senior adviser (Global Issues) and is the principal author of its recent report on corporate responsibility to respect human rights during the Covid Pandemic.

Mr. Matthias Thorns

Mr. Matthias Thorns has as Deputy Secretary-General part in the overall responsibility for the management of the IOE Secretariat in its work to support the global business community in its representation vis-a-vis the UN institutions, as well as G20, G7 and other international initiatives.

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