June 01, 2011 Event: Corporate Accountability at a Crossroads

Publish Date: 
Thursday, August 2, 2012

On June 1, 2011 ESCR-Net, along with several other organization, hosted a speaking event at the Palais des Nations on issues of cooperate accountability and human rights protections. The issue of business and human rights took center stage during the 17th Session of the Human Rights Council, at which the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on business and human rights presented his final report, and the Council determined its next steps. At this critical crossroads in the United Nations’ efforts to prevent and protect people from business-related human rights abuses, the special event brought together southern NGOs, community members directly affected by business human rights abuses and other experts to present their views and recommendations on what concrete steps are needed to help ensure that the Council's decisions on business and human rights are grounded in the experiences of those directly affected and to deepen its understanding of the existing gaps in protection. You may view the flyer for the event in the attachment below.

Event Information

1 JUNE 2011

Room VIII, Palais des Nations

12:30 – 2 pm


-  Mr. Georges Kapiamba, Democratic Republic of Congo

-  Vice-President, Association africana de Défense des droits de l' hommé (ASADHO)

-  Mr. Mario Maderazo, Coordinator Anti-Mining-Campaign, Philippine Misereor Partnership, Inc., Philippines

-  Mr. Miloon Kothari (video), Coordinator, Housing and Land Rights Network, South Asia and Former UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to  Adequate Housing


Remarks by:

-  Ambassador Maria Nazareth Farani Azevêdo, UN Permanent Mission of Brazil

-  Deputy Permanent Representative Jaques Pellet, UN Permanent Mission of France

-  Mr. Gerald Pachoud, Special Advisor, UN Special Representative on Business and Human Rights

Comments by:

-  Ms. Kristiina Kouros (Moderator), Vice President, International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)

Contact:  Julie Gromellon of FIDH at +41 22 700 12 88 or jgromellon@fidh.org