ABOUT

The UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) provide the authoritative global framework for the respective duties and responsibilities of governments and business enterprises to prevent, mitigate and address business-related human rights abuses. They also offer a blueprint for how business respect for human rights can support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in line with international human rights standards.

Although the Pacific region has made some progress in raising awareness about the UNGPs and promoting business respect for human rights, Pacific countries face both common and unique challenges – e.g., low level of awareness about business and human rights (BHR) standards, governance gaps including related to corruption, gender-based violence, irresponsible exploitation of natural resources, exploitation of migrant workers, disproportionate impact of climate change, unsustainable tourism, and barriers to access to remedy – in implementing the UNGPs and harnessing the power of businesses to contribute to the 2030 Agenda.


The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) Regional Office for the Pacific and the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights (UNWG) continue the momentum of trying to understand these challenges and identifying opportunities to promote responsible and sustainable business conduct in the Pacific through the 2nd UN Pacific Forum on Business and Human Rights.

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OBJECTIVES

The 2nd UN Pacific Forum seeks:

  • to raise awareness and build capacity of various stakeholders around BHR standards, especially the UNGPs;

  • to take stock of the key challenges, opportunities and progress made in the Pacific in implementing the UNGPs;

  • to instigate the process towards developing national action plans on business and human rights;

  • to explore linkages in the implementation of the UNGPs and the 2030 Agenda in times of COVID-19;

  • to encourage peer-learning amongst States, NHRIs, businesses, industry associations, international organisations, trade unions, CSOs and academics in the Pacific facilitating the regional exchange of good practices in implementing the UNGPs and the SDGs; and

  • to explore ways to strengthen access to effective remedy for business-related human rights abuses.

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Speakers

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Ambassador Nazhat Shameem Khan

Human Rights Council

President

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Filimon Manoni

Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat (PIFS)

Deputy Secretary General

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Jonathan Curr

New Zealand Foreign Affairs & Trade

New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji

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Jaap van Hierden

UN Micronesia covering Palau, FSM, RMI, Nauru and Kiribati

Resident Coordinator

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Paul Wilson

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)

Australian Deputy High Commissioner to Fiji

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Surya Deva

UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Chair

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Anita Ramasastry

Working Group on Business and Human Rights

Member

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Heike Alefsen

Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

Regional Representative for the Pacific

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Livio Sarandrea

UNDP Asia-Pacific

Chief Adviser and Manager, Business and Human Rights in Asia

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Emeline Siale ILOLAHIA

Pacific Islands Association of Non-Government Organizations (PIANGO)

Executive Director

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Sagufta Salma Janif

The Fusion Hub

Executive Director

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Vanessa Zimmerman

Pillar Two

Chief Executive Officer

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Kameli Batiweti

Fiji Commerce and Employers Federation

Chief Executive Officer

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Saunoamaali’i Karanina Sumeo

New Zealand Human Rights Commission

Equal Employment Opportunities Commissioner

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Loukinikini Vili

Samoa Office of the Ombudsman/National Human Rights Institution

Director of Human Rights

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Kieren Fitzpatrick

Asia Pacific Forum (APF) of National Human Rights Institutions

Director

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Ashwin Raj

Human Rights and Anti-Discrimination Commission (Fiji)

Director

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Justine Nolan

Australian Institute for Human Rights

Director

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Sa'aga Talu Teafa

Tuvalu Ombudsman Commission

Chief Ombudsman

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Nick Bainton

The University of Queensland

Principal Research Fellow at Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining, Sustainable Minerals Institute (senior extractives and Pacific specialist)

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Sandra Bernklau

UN Women Fiji Multi-Country Office

Representative

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Patrick Earle

Diplomacy Training Program (DTP)

Executive Director

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Colin Fenwick

International Labour Organization (ILO)

Decent Work and International Labour Standards Specialist

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Joel Hamago

The University of Queensland

PhD Candidate, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

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Alex Herman

Cook Islands Seabed Minerals Authority

Seabed Minerals Commissioner

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Louchrisha Hussain

Citizens' Constitutional Forum (CCF)

Chief Executive Officer

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Krista Jacob

Solomon Islands Ministry of Mines

Mines Officer

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Robyn James

The Nature Conservancy

Gender and Equity Advisor

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Jacki Johnson

Insurance Australia Group

Advisor for Climate and Sustainability

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Harpreet Kaur

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Business and Human Rights Specialist

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Dr Akanisi Kedrayate

The University of the South Pacific

Teacher and Teacher Trainer

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Ingrid Landau

Monash Business School

Lecturer in the Department of Business Law and Taxation

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Georgina Lloyd

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)

Regional Coordinator (Asia and the Pacific) of Environmental Law and Governance

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Noelene Nabulivou

Diverse Voices and Action for Equality (DIVA)

Executive Director, Political Advisor

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Tevita Naikasowalu

Human, Ecological and Indigenous Rights defender, Fiji

Human, Ecological and Indigenous Rights defender

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Winifereti Nainoca

UNDP Pacific

Environmental Specialist and Department Team Leader, Resilience & Sustainable Development (RSD) Team

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Zoe Paleologos

Australian Human Rights Commission

Senior Policy Adviser

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Lucielle Paru

Papua Native Landowners Association Inc (PNLA)

Executive Director

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Maria Ronna Luna Pastorizo-Sekiguchi

The Greenhouse Studio

Founder and Director

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Emmanuel Peni

Project Sepik (PNG)

Human Rights Defender and Co-ordinator

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Lavetanalagi Seru

Pacific Islands Climate Action Network/ Alliance for Future Generations - Fiji

Climate Justice Activist

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Sachiko Soro

VOU Dance Company

Director

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Zoe Victoria Tate

United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF)

Regional Technical Specialist, Ecosystem and Incubation

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Robert Vaughan

The Office of UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR)

Human Rights Officer (Focal point for climate and business and Human Rights in the Pacific)

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Francesco Ponzoni

Delegation of the European Union for the Pacific

Programme Manager (Civil Society, Gender, Human Rights, Health)

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Dr John Burton

The University of Queensland

Principal Research Fellow, Centre for Social Responsibility in Mining

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Matthew Coghlan

Walk Free

Financial Sector Engagement Manager

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Dawn Anderson

Oxfam in the Pacific

Economic Justice Lead

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