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Panel discussion on the tenth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

STATEMENT

Human Rights Council 47th Session.
Panel discussion on the tenth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights 
         
Statement delivered by: Mr. Jens Frølich Holte , State Secretary  Ministry of Foreign Affairs Norway

It is an honour to present this joint statement on behalf of a number of States that support the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Human Rights Council’s unanimous endorsement of the Principles ten years ago was a watershed moment in our collective efforts to promote respect for human rights and more sustainable business. For the first time, UN member states came together in consensus on a normative framework that clarified the respective duties and responsibilities of states and business in preventing and addressing business-related human rights impacts.

As underlined by the Working Group’s stocktaking on the first ten years – which we welcome – the Principles offered a much-needed common framework for action and stakeholder collaboration. They provide a clear, operational standard for states and business on better ways to protect and respect human rights in the context of business activity.

The Principles have added practical value, as we have seen significant progress over the last decade. States are developing relevant laws and national action plans. Business enterprises have adopted commitments to respect human rights and undertake human rights due diligence.

Yet, we all agree a lot more is needed to ensure wide and comprehensive implementation by all States and business enterprises. Responsible business founded on respect for human rights is key for the path out of today’s COVID crisis and for achieving a sustainable future for all.

We call on all States and other stakeholders to speed up implementation of the Guiding Principles to contribute to this goal. We will continue to support efforts to achieve it, in the Council and elsewhere.

List of co-sponsors.  (29.06 – 07:00)

Core group: Argentina, Ghana, Russian Federation and Norway

  1. Albania
  2. Argentina
  3. Armenia
  4. Australia
  5. Austria
  6. Belgium
  7. Bulgaria
  8. Costa Rica
  9. Croatia
  10. Cyprus
  11. Czech Republic
  12. Denmark
  13. Dominican Republic
  14. Estonia
  15. Fiji
  16. Finland
  17. France
  18. Germany
  19. Ghana
  20. Greece
  21. Hungary
  22. Iceland
  23. Ireland
  24. Italy
  25. Japan
  26. Latvia
  27. Lebanon
  28. Liechtenstein
  29. Lithuania
  30. Luxembourg
  31. Malaysia
  32. Malta
  33. Marshall Islands
  34. Mexico
  35. Moldova
  36. Mongolia
  37. Netherlands
  38. Norway
  39. Palau
  40. Palestine
  41. Paraguay
  42. Poland
  43. Portugal
  44. Romania
  45. Russian Federation
  46. Slovakia
  47. Slovenia
  48. South Korea
  49. Spain
  50. Sweden
  51. Switzerland
  52. Turkey
  53. Ukraine
  54. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  55. United States of America

Reading version:

It is an honour to present this joint statement on behalf of a number of States that support the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Human Rights Council’s unanimous endorsement of the Principles ten years ago was a watershed moment in our collective efforts to promote respect for human rights and more sustainable business. For the first time, UN member states came together in consensus on a normative framework that clarified the respective duties and responsibilities of states and business in preventing and addressing business-related human rights impacts.

As underlined by the Working Group’s stocktaking on the first ten years – which we welcome – the Principles offered a much-needed common framework for action and stakeholder collaboration.

We have seen significant progress over the last decade. States are developing relevant laws and national action plans. Business enterprises have adopted commitments to respect human rights and undertake human rights due diligence.

Yet, we all agree a lot more is needed. Responsible business founded on respect for human rights is key for the path out of today’s COVID crisis and for achieving a sustainable future for all.

We call on all States and other stakeholders to speed up implementation of the Guiding Principles to contribute to this goal. We will continue to support efforts to achieve it, in the Council and elsewhere.