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In the framework of the “Quinzaine de la Solidarité Internationale” organised by the City of Brussels

The United Nations Association in Belgium & the United Nations Regional Information Centre

Wednesday 3 October 2018 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm
Residence Palace, Polak Room, Rue de la Loi 155, Brussels

Registration obligatory via

The conference will be followed by a cocktail at 7:30 pm

Two weeks before the intergovnermental taskforce of the Stavros Lambrinidis
Human Rights Council meets in Geneva for its forth session, it
seems particulary appropriate to review the latest proposals The European Union Special Representative for Human Rights
on an international legal framework for the governance of since 2012. He is a former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Greece
business practices and conduct of transnational corporations (2011). He was a Member (2004-2011) and Vice-President
which, by nature, are beyond the control of national States.. (2009-2011) of the European Parliament. – Formerly, he was
Secretary General and Ambassador of the Hellenic Republic
Olivier De Schutter will speak to us by video from Geneva to (1996-2004).
introduce the subject.

Maddalena Neglia will recall the broader context on how the Maddalena Neglia
debate on human rights and business entities was developed
Director of the Globalisation and Human Rights desk of FIDH
by the UN and the key conceptual and political challenges.
(International Federation of Human Rights) where she
Denise Auclair will present the discussion on a new legally oversees the strategic priority on “Promoting Respect of
binding instrument on the issue of transnational corporations Human Rights by Economic Players” and the activities on
and human rights and what she sees as the next steps. strengthening the international and European regulatory
framework on corporate accountability.
Stavros Lambrinidis, EU Special Representative for human
rights, will present the contribution of the EU to the issue and Denise Auclair
the tools the EU has developed to improve the compliance
Senior Advisor at CIDSE International, leader of CIDSE’s
with human rights of corporations domiciled in the EU.
strategy for international change towards a world of equality
The Association JUSTICE and PEACE will display an exhibition and solidarity. She is involved in CIDSE work on business and
on the mining industry in various parts of the world. The human rights at European and international levels.
exhibition can be seen from 5:00 pm at the Residence Palace.
Working language : English