About the Regional Forums on Business and Human Rights

The UN Human Rights Council established the Annual Forum on Business and Human Rights in 2011 to serve as a global platform for stakeholders to "discuss trends and challenges in the implementation of the Guiding Principles and promote dialogue and cooperation on issues linked to business and human rights, including challenges faced in particular sectors, operational environments or in relation to specific rights or groups, as well as identifying good practices." It is guided and chaired by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights, as per Human Rights Council resolutions 17/4 and 35/7.

Building on the first annual Forum on Business and Human Rights (2012), the Working Group identified the need for multi-stakeholder regional platforms to strengthen constructive dialogues and efforts to implement the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights at regional and national level. 

The Regional Forums also aim to encourage peer-learning amongst States and businesses at the regional level and to facilitate exchange of good practices. The Regional Forums are open to and encourage the participation of all relevant stakeholder groups, including States, the wider United Nations system, intergovernmental and regional organisations, businesses, labour unions, national human rights institutions, non-governmental organizations, and affected stakeholders, among others.

Regional forums

Africa

Asia & Pacific

Latin America and the Caribbean

  • 2020 The Fifth Regional Forum on Business and Human Rights for Latin America and the Caribbean – “Realising responsible business conduct in difficult times: Turning challenges into opportunities”, held virtually on 7 to 11 September 2020
  • 2019 The Fourth Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights – “Looking ahead: Actions to Foster Responsible Business Conduct” took place on 3 to 4 September 2019 in Santiago de Chile
  • Report A/HRC/44/43/Add.4 of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights on the Fourth Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights in LAC (Español), with an Executive Summary in English
  • 2017 The Third Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights – “Implementation of the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGP) within the framework of the 2030 agenda for sustainable development”, held 12 to 14 December 2017 in Santiago, Chile
  • Report A/HRC/38/48/Add.3* of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights on the Third Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights in LAC (Español), with an Executive Summary in English
  • 2017 The Second Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights – held 17 to 19 January 2017, in Santiago, Chile
  • 2016 The Second Regional Consultation on Business and Human Rights – held 2 to 3 March 2016, in Santiago, Chile
  • 2013 LAC Regional Forum

Working Group on business and human rights
Recent thematic reports
Issues in focus
Contact information

Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Palais des Nations, 8-14, Avenue de la Paix. 1211 Geneva 10
Switzerland
Tel: +41 22 917 9159
E-mail: wg-business@ohchr.org

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