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Tuesday, November 23 • 11:30 - 12:45
Mandatory human rights due diligence: Implications for key Pacific challenges

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Human rights due diligence is a crucial tool to fulfil the corporate responsibility to respect human rights in line with the United Nations Guidance Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs). Mandatory human rights due diligence (mHRDD) regimes refer to legislative regimes requiring business enterprises to carry out human rights due diligence. These regimes, most of which are emerging in Europe for now, open way for a wide range of legal and regulatory possibilities, allowing a “smart mix” of regulatory measures to be instigated in order to effectively foster business respect for human rights.

Pacific countries face several business-related human rights absues such as irresponsible exploitation of natural resources including logging, land grabbing, environmental pollution and deep sea mining, which are exacerbated by specific challenges such as corruption and gender-based violence. This session will explore the implications of mHRDD regimes for business and human rights issues in the Pacific region, where awareness of international standards remains lows.

This session aims to:
  • Highlight how human rights due diligence could respond to business and human rights challenges in the Pacific such as logging, land grabbing and deep sea mining;
  • Discuss ways to facilitate an active engagement of affected communities in HRDD processes of businesses;
  • Explore the role of human rights defenders in conducting meaningful HRDD, in line with the UN Working Group’s guidance on human rights defenders; and
  • Examine implications of mHRDD regimes for businesses operating in the Pacific region or part of the supply chains of regime host countries.

Session organized by UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights and Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Pacific Regional Office 

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Anita Ramasastry

Member, Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Ms. Anita Ramasastry is the Roland L. Hjorth Professor of Law and the Director of the Graduate Program in Sustainable International Development at the University of Washington School Of Law. She researches and teaches in the fields of law and development, anti-corruption, international... Read More →

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Francesco Ponzoni

Programme Manager (Civil Society, Gender, Human Rights, Health), Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific
Mr. Francesco Ponzoni is a Programme Manager (Civil Society, Gender, Human Rights, Health) in the Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific. He has extensive experience in the international field including: Program Manager at the EU Delegation in Central African Republic, Somalia... Read More →
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Tevita Naikasowalu

Human, Ecological and Indigenous Rights defender, Human, Ecological and Indigenous Rights defender, Fiji
Mr. Tevita Naikasowalu is currently in the Working Group for Pacific Human Rights Defenders Network, specifically focusing on Indigenous Peoples and the Environment and Ecology. He is also the Coordinator for Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation for the Columban Mission Society... Read More →
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Dawn Anderson

Economic Justice Lead, Oxfam in the Pacific
Dawn is an experienced community development practitioner with health, governance, economic justice and extractives industry expertise. This has seen Dawn working across Africa, Asia, Australia and more recently, the Pacific, with a strong interest in outcomes related to strengthened... Read More →
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Winifereti Nainoca

Environmental Specialist and Department Team Leader, Resilience & Sustainable Development (RSD) Team, UNDP Pacific
Since Jan 2012, Winifereti Nainoca has been at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pacific Office, Fiji. She is currently the Environmental Specialist & Team Leader a.i. for Resilience & Sustainable Development Team, RSD (covering Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation... Read More →

Tuesday November 23, 2021 11:30 - 12:45 GMT+12