The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Nadia Meeran, (Elcano Institute)

On 27 November more than 2000 representatives of governments, business, international bodies, academia, trade unions, the media and civil society met in Geneva for the 2017 annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. The forum discussed issues relating to the UNGPs (UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights) which are based on three main principles: Protect, Respect and Remedy. The UNGPs, endorsed by UN General Assembly in 2011, provide a framework for a global standard that applies to all states and businesses. The UNGPs recognise the adverse human rights impacts of business and the role that business should play in taking reasonable steps to prevent, monitor and mitigate human rights abuses. This is particularly important in a world where some multinational actors are wealthier and more influential than many states.

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