Welcome to the Berlin Dialogue on Business and Human Rights

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On 18 May 2021, we invited you to virtual discussions with distinguished speakers from many regions of the world. Together we explored progress and challenges with a view to the global implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

Speakers included German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, ILO Director-General Guy Ryder, Swedens Minister of Foreign Trade Anna Hallberg, and many more.

Several hundred virtual guests from all over the world and many different stakeholder groups joined us on 18 May. A recording of the event in two parts can be watched below. The keynote by Foreign Minister Maas can be read here.

The Berlin Dialogue was organized by the German Federal Foreign Office.

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Background

In June 2021, we mark the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). They are the globally agreed framework for the respective duties and responsibilities of states and businesses to safeguard human rights in economic activities. In their first decade the UNGPs have provided a common platform for action and accountability, and inspired uptake by a range of actors.

A number of states have developed national action plans and a smart mix of measures to realize the UNGPs. A first generation of action plans is being reviewed and updated and we are witnessing growing international momentum for mandatory human rights due diligence for business enterprises.

At the same time, the urgent need to step up action for protecting and respecting human rights in business activities in all regions and across global supply chains is painfully visible.

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