Media Advisory and event notice: United Nations’ Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum

Date: Tuesday, May 25, 2021

Bangkok, Thailand – The annual United Nations Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum  will this year be held online, June 1 – 4.

Where: Online

When: June 1 – 4

Time: The event begins at 09.00 (Bangkok time, GMT+7)

Webcast: Journalists are invited to register and view the event on our dedicated platform 

The Responsible Business and Human Rights Forum brings together representatives from government, business, workers organisations and the international community for wide-ranging discussions on maximising the positive contribution of business to human rights and developmental goals in Asia.

As we approach ten years since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, this year's theme ‘A new decade of action?’ highlights the need for a collective commitment to meet the challenges the region faces in realising vital economic, environmental and social justice goals, even as the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbates many of these challenges.

The programme includes, among other subjects, discussions on regaining lost momentum in the fight against child labour, the role of human rights defenders, the place of human rights in conversations about migrants, education, equality and supply chains.

Guest speakers at the opening session include Roka Matbob, Minister with the Autonomous Bougainville Government, Human rights activist Ramanathan, and author William Dalrymple.

A full agenda, including side events, and a list of speakers can be found here .

Interviews by print, web or broadcast media can be requested via the communications representatives: ILO – Pete Forster | forsterw@iloguest.org; Minji Kwag | minji.kwag@unwomen.org;

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Media accreditation
Accreditation is not required for this event, but all media are requested to send notification of their intention to participate to Pete Forster forsterw@iloguest.org

Note to editors:
More than 5000 people attended the conference in 2020.

Hosts of the event this year include the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the International Labour Organization (ILO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) and the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) and the International Organisation for Migration (IOM), The event is being financially supported by the EU and the Swedish government.