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Wednesday, November 18 • 15:15 - 16:30
UNGPs10+ and roadmap for the next decade: Trade unions’ perspectives

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About this session
This Forum session provides a platform for global and regional trade union organizations to highlight their key inputs to the ongoing project ‘Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation (UNGPs10+ / NextDecadeBHR), led by the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG).

The UNGPs10+ project is centred around the upcoming tenth anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), the global authoritative framework on business and human rights that was unanimously endorsed by the UN Human Rights Council in June 2011. It is taking stock of practice to date, identifying gaps and challenges, and developing a vision and roadmap for scaling up implementation of the UNGPs over the course of the next decade.

To inform the stocktaking and roadmap development, the UNWG seeks to hear perspectives from a wide range of stakeholders from all regions, including trade unions. Given the key role of trade unions in promoting respect for human rights in the workplace (and beyond) and as central actors effective multi-stakeholder dialogue at international, regional, national and local levels, the UNWG attaches great importance to ensuring that union voices are heard in the UNGPs10+ process.

This Forum session therefore serves as an opportunity for direct dialogue between the UNWG and union representatives and for union organizations to publicly highlight their assessments and priorities for the next decade of UNGPs implementation. It is part of a series of engagements linked to UNGPs10+, which complement the call for written input open to all interested parties.

Guiding questions
  • What have been the main challenges in ensuring business respect for workers’ human rights in the current context?
  • From a union perspective, what issues, sectors, themes, or key drivers should be prioritized in the next decade in order to better advance business respect for human rights?
  • How can convergence around the UNGPs at a global governance level be strengthened [ILO/OECD/G20 etc]?
  • In concrete terms, what will be needed in order to achieve meaningful progress with regard to those priority areas?
  • What are challenges, potential pitfalls, and opportunities around the current drive toward mandatory measures? What will it take to make business and human rights legislation effective in the next ten years?

Session organized jointly by ITUC and the UNWG

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Carlos Lopez

Senior Legal Adviser, International Commission of Jurists

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Sharan Burrow

General Secretary,, International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC)
  Sharan Burrow was elected General Secretary of the ITUC at its Second World Congress in Vancouver, June 2010. Prior to this, she held the position of ITUC President since its Founding Congress in Vienna (November 2006) and the position of ICFTU President since its 18th World Congress... Read More →
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Christy Hoffmann

General Secretary, UNI Global Union
Christy Hoffman is the General Secretary of UNI Global Union, the global union federation for the services industries. UNI affiliates are spread across 150 countries and represent over 20 million workers. Her work at UNI followed more than 25 years of experience as a U.S. based trade... Read More →
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Stephen Cotton

General Secretary, International Transport Workers' Federation
Stephen Cotton is General Secretary of the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), a global union federation of 700 trade unions representing nearly 20 million transport workers in 150 countries in the maritime, port, aviation, road, rail and urban transport sectors... Read More →
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Monica Tepfer

Abogada, CGT Argentina

Apoorva Kaiwar

Regional Secretary, IndustriAll South Asia

Marcela Manubens

Global Vice President for Integrated Social Sustainability, Unilever
Marcela Manubens is the Global Vice President for Integrated Social Sustainability at Unilever. She joined in 2013 and led the social impact strategy and the expansion of the USLP Enhancing Livelihoods ambition incorporating Human Rights, Women's Empowerment and Inclusive Business... Read More →
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Dante Pesce

Founder and Executive Director, Vincular Center for Social Responsibility and Sustainable Development
Fundador y Director Ejecutivo del Centro Vincular, dependiente de la Escuela de Negocios y Economía de la Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaiso en Chile, desde 1 de Julio, 2001 hasta el presente. (vincular.cl)Miembro del Grupo Trabajo sobre Empresas y Derechos Humanos de la ONU desde 1 de Mayo del 2015, Presidente hasta el 30 de junio del 2021.(termina el mandato el 31 de OCT del 2021). Lidera líneas  temáticas sobre empresas estatales, debida diligencia, coherencia de políticas públicas y la evaluación de los... Read More →

Wednesday November 18, 2020 15:15 - 16:30 CET
Plenary Room