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UN Secretary-General's Special Representative on Business & Human Rights

In July 2005, UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan appointed Harvard professor John Ruggie as his Special Representative on Business and Human Rights. In 2008, Ruggie proposed a policy framework for better managing business and human rights challenges, based on three pillars: the state duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights; and the need for greater access by victims to effective remedy, judicial and non-judicial. The Human Rights Council was unanimous in welcoming the framework, and extended Ruggie's mandate by three years with the task of operationalizing it. Ruggie's aim is to develop guiding principles for each of its three pillars; his mandate concludes in 2011.

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    03-24-11

    UN Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights Published

    Today the United Nations released a much-anticipated set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights (http://http://http://www.ohchr.org/EN/Issues/Transna...

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    02-03-11

    Public consultation on draft U.N. Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights attracts input from 120 countries

    This week, John Ruggie, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for business and human rights, concluded the consultation period on the draft Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the U.N. 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework.

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    11-22-10

    Draft Guiding Principles for Business & Human Rights Posted for Consultation

    Today the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights, Professor John Ruggie, posted the draft "Guiding Principles for the Implementation of the UN 'Protect, Respect and Remedy' Framework" on his online consultation forum,

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    02-23-10

    United Nations business & human rights online forum extended

    Today the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on business and human rights, John Ruggie, announced that his online consultation forum, www.srsgconsultation.org, will undergo a gr...

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    01-20-10

    Note on Expert Meeting on Corporate Law and Human Rights to support the work of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights

    On 5 "“ 6 November 2009, York University's Osgoode Hall Law School (the Nathanson Centre on Transnational Human Rights, Crime and Security; and the Hennick Centre for Business and Law) convened an expert meeting in support of the Corporate Law Tools Project of the Special Re...

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    12-02-09

    New Online Forum for U.N. Business & Human Rights Mandate

    Today the United Nations Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on business and human rights, John Ruggie, launched a global online forum, www.srsgconsultation.org. The purpose of the forum is to g...

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    01-26-09

    Leading Corporate Law Firms Assist UN Special Representative to Map if and How Corporate Law fosters Business Respect for Human Rights

    NEW YORK and GENEVA. - 26 January 2009 - Fifteen leading corporate law firms from around the world will participate in a UN-led effort to identify whether and how national corporate law principles and practices currently foster corporate cultures respectful of human rights. ...

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    01-06-09

    Launch of Bases Wiki

    - January 6, 2009 - The Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Business and Human Rights is delighted to announce the launch of BASESwiki. This is a new on-line resource focused on the non-judicial mechanisms available around the world to help companies and t...

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