Upcoming events in October-December 2021

Posted September 15, 2021

Some of the events are only in the planning phase; please return to this page regularly as the list below will be updated with further details, registration links and event announcements.

Regional

AICHR Workshop on Human Rights, SDGs, and ASEAN Recovery from COVID-19 | 8-9 November
Invitee-only

5th B+HR Lab | 19 November
Invitee-only

Asia Session at 10th UN Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights | 29 November – 1 December (date to be confirmed)
Registration details to be shared

Training of trainers on Reporting Business and Human Rights | end of November
Registration details to be shared

Launch of Gender Casebook |10 December
Registration details to be shared

Women and BHR training | December
Registration details to be shared

National

Regional Consultation on the National Baseline Assessment and the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights, Mongolia | 11 October
Invitee-only

Mongolia’s National Baseline Assessment to inform the National Action Plan on BHR is underway. To verify findings and get feedback from a wide range of stakeholders UNDP is supporting the organization of a regional consultation in Orkhon province with representatives of government agencies, local business and members of civil society joining from seven neighboring provinces.

Reference Group Meeting – Studies on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), Thailand | 15 October
Invitee-only

In 2020, Reference Groups on SLAPP and HRDs were established to provide overall guidance and technical assistance through the development of two key research products and to ensure that relevant stakeholders are substantially engaged at all stages of the studies. The second meeting of the Reference Group is convened to collect feedback on the studies and finalize their content.

India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference 2021, India | 27-29 October
Registration open

The India and Sustainability Standards: International Dialogues and Conference convenes international and Indian businesses, policymakers and other stakeholders to discuss, deliberate and develop roadmaps across key sustainability issues and industry sectors – in supporting the momentum towards the Sustainable Development Goals. B+HR Asia is a lead partner for the event in 2021, hosting a session on 28 October titled Made in India: Instrumentalizing Growth and Resilience through the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights. Learn more here

Seminar on Business and Human Rights in the Thai Capital Market to commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, Thailand | 28 October
Registration open

The online seminar organized by UNDP, SEC, NHRCT and GNCT will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of the UNGPs with a series of special lectures on the progress made in the last decade, policy measures and good practices applied, and discussions on why Business and Human Rights is important to every sector. The event will be closed with a CEO panel discussion.

1st NAP Technical Committee Meeting (Governance), Malaysia | 28 October
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Malaysia’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights is planned to focus on three thematic areas: governance, environment, and labour. The Technical Committee Meeting on governance, chaired by the Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC), is aiming to map out the process for NAP development of this specific thematic area.

Public Consultations on Indonesia’s National Strategy on Business and Human Rights, Indonesia | early November (date to be confirmed)
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UNDP and the EU are supporting Ministry of Law and Human Rights to conducting a public consultation on National Strategy on Business and Human Rights. The consultation will provide opportunities for government, CSOs, businesses, academia and UN agencies to provide feedbacks to the draft Strategy.

1st NAP Technical Committee Meeting (Environment), Malaysia | 10 November
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Malaysia’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights is planned to focus on three thematic areas: governance, environment, and labour. The Technical Committee Meeting on environment chaired by the Ministry of Water and Environment, is aiming to map out the process for NAP development of this specific thematic area.

1st NAP Technical Committee Meeting (Labour), Malaysia | 11 November
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Malaysia’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights is planned to focus on three thematic areas: governance, environment, and labour. The Technical Committee Meeting on labour chaired by the Ministry of Human Resources, is aiming to map out the process for NAP development of this specific thematic area.

Raising awareness on Human Rights with Women Workers in the Free Trade Zones (FTZs) in Sri Lanka | mid-November (date to be confirmed)

Together with civil society partners B+HR Asia will organize awareness raising events for women workers in the Katunayake FTZ, Koggala FTZ, and Vavuniya and Kilinochchi Garment Factory Areas in mid-November. On the events women workers can learn more about their rights under international human rights law, the UNGPs, and national business and human rights frameworks, including how to collaborate with civil society organizations to address any legal protection gaps and access remedy.

Indonesia Regional Conference on Business and Human Rights (RCBHR), Indonesia | 18-19 November 2021 (TBC)
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The Government of Indonesia, with the leadership of the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, is organizing a regional conference to advance international cooperation on Business and Human Rights and discuss the opportunities and challenges of implementing the UNGPs in Asia. The theme of the conference is “Implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) as a Pathway to Rebuild Sustainable and Resilient Business During and Beyond the Covid-19 Pandemic”. Invitees to the event include relevant ministries/agencies, business actors, National Human Rights Institutions, members of civil society, and other participants from Southeast Asia region.

National Consultation on Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation (SLAPP) and Human Rights Defenders (HRDs), Thailand | 25 November
Invitee-only

The protection of Human Rights Defenders has been identified as one of the four key priority areas in Thailand’s National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP). To support the implementation of the NAP, UNDP is conducting two studies dedicated to 1) SLAPP, examining past and current cases in all regions of Thailand, while identifying key trends, challenges, and common issues and 2) the protection of HRDs to provide an overview of the challenges they face, existing mechanisms in place and where they fall short to sufficiently protect HRDs and provide access to remedy, with special attention to Women Human Rights Defenders. The national consultation is organized online to present the findings of the studies and to seek feedback and inputs on the recommendations included.

Roundtable discussion on Infrastructure and Women, Indonesia | 30 November
Registration details to be shared

The roundtable discussion, organized in collaboration with Ministry of Women Empowerment and Child Protection, will provide an opportunity to share the findings of UNDP Indonesia’s research on the impact of Infrastructure Developments on Women, and seek validation from roundtable participants.

5th National Dialogue on Business and Human Rights, Thailand | 10 December
Invitee-only

The National Dialogue on Business and Human Rights is a continuous forum which aims to raise awareness of business sectors on implementation of UNGP through sharing and learning good practices on human rights management from peers and international standards.

Report Launch: Technical Assistance with the COVID-19 Rapid Self-Assessment for Business, Indonesia | 10 December
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B+HR Asia is offering Indonesian business coaching and human rights due diligence self-assessment support based on the Human Rights Due Diligence and COVID-19: Rapid Self-Assessment for Business tool between October and December 2021. On the event UNDP will present learnings and from the activity and invite participants to share their feedback.

2nd Steering Committee meeting on the development of the NAP, Malaysia | 23 December 2021
Invitee only

The 2nd Steering Committee meeting, chaired by the Minister of Law of the Prime Minister's Department, aims to provide members of the committee with updates on the initial steps taken in the first six months of Malaysia's NAP development process and propose ways forward for the National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights.

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