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Logo: 2021 Forum on Business and Human Rights


10th Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights

Date: 29 November – 1 December 2021

Location: The Forum will be held entirely virtually. Please note that no participant should travel to Geneva for this event as no physical access is possible.

Theme: The next decade of business and human rights: increasing the pace and scale of action to implement the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

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2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and this will form the central theme of the 2021 Forum. This milestone provides an opportunity to look back at progress and challenges to-date and, more importantly, to inspire a renewed push for scaled-up global implementation by States and businesses in the decade ahead. 

The 2021 Forum also comes at a time when the world is facing a convergence of crises—ranging from the ongoing human and financial costs of COVID-19 to the existential climate crisis, growing inequality, systemic and pervasive gender and racial discrimination, shrinking civic space, and human consequences of technological developments. 

Against this backdrop, the Working Group is taking stock of the first ten years of the Guiding Principles and developing a roadmap for the next decade (“UNGPs 10+”). The stocktaking report was presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2021. The roadmap is set to launch in the second half of 2021.

The UN Forum provides a key global platform for stakeholder dialogue on how to increase the pace of implementation of the Guiding Principles by States, businesses and other actors. 

Further information on the 2021 Forum will soon be available below.