IPI HomeEventsPanel DiscussionsHuman Rights in Business: No Silver Bullet

 

print print  |  share share back back

Panel Discussions - Friday, September 24, 2010

Human Rights in Business: No Silver Bullet

Foreign ministers and representatives from civil society and the business sector gathered at IPI on September 24th to discuss how to advance the international agenda on business and human rights and the work of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in this area, Professor John Ruggie.

Speaking on the challenging way ahead, Professor Ruggie said, "There is no single silver bullet solution to the institutional misalignments in the business and human rights domain. Instead, all actors—states, businesses, and civil society—must learn to do things differently."

He presented the key challenges involved in implementing the UN framework "Protect, Respect, and Remedy," which was adopted by the Human Rights Council in 2008 and proposes several measures to strengthen the human rights performance of the business sector around the world.

Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre, who chaired the event, expressed support for Ruggie's work, noting that "Globalization, amplified by the financial crisis, has presented new and complex challenges for the protection of human rights. However, governments that implement the UN Framework may strengthen their long-term competitiveness and position by building responsible relationships with business."

The debate that followed at this Third Annual Trygve Lie Symposium featured comments and reflections by:

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Foreign Minister of South Africa;
Alexander Yakovenko, Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia;
Alberto D'Alotto, Deputy Foreign Minister of Argentina;
Maria Otero the Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs of the United States;
Raff Bukun-Olu Wole Onemola, Deputy Permanent Representative of Nigeria;
Mary Robinson, the Chair of the Institute for Human Rights and Business; and
Ronnie Goldberg, Executive Vice President of the United States Council for International Business.

Read transcript

The Global Observatory

India-US Cooperation Grows With Obama Visit
The visit is particularly important for efforts related to stability and security in the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean regions.

Key Global Events to Watch in January
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.

2015: Ten Multilateral Events to Watch This Year
A list of ten events that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2015, compiled by IPI’s Francesco Mancini.

The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.

Recent Events

January 20, 2015
Mongolian Foreign Policy Between ''Two Giants''
On January 20, Mongolia’s new Foreign Minister Purevsuren Lundeg visited the IPI Vienna office and gave an informal briefing on Mongolia’s contemporary foreign policy priorities and challenges.

January 20, 2015
Dutch FM Koenders: ''The Security Council Has to Change''
Speaking to an overflow IPI audience on January 20th, Dutch Foreign Minister Bert Koenders acknowledged how far the United Nations has come since its inception 70 years ago but said that the organization still “has a lot of growing up to do.”

December 15, 2014
Fathi: Iran and the Struggle Between Hardliners and Reformers
Discussing her new book The Lonely War: One Woman’s Account of the Struggle for Modern Iran at IPI on December 15th, author Nazila Fathi said that 35 years after the revolution, Iran is divided between hardliners and a large moderate middle class, but admitted that it is still unclear which of the two sides will gain the upper hand.

View More