IPIS Insights: The 2nd Annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights, Geneva 2013Gabriella Wass & Anna Bulzomi, January 2014
From the 2 - 4 December 2013, IPIS attended the United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights. The Forum was established by the Human Rights Council and is under the guidance of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights.
Around 1,700 people registered for this year’s Forum, spanning Civil Society Organisations, individuals who have been adversely affected by business activity, State delegates, and representatives from national and transnational enterprises. The Forum offered the largest annual event of its kind to feed into IPIS’ knowledge on business and human rights, share information and ideas, and inspire us here at IPIS to pursue business and human rights opportunities.
The interplay between business and human rights spans many issues – from cybercrime to conflict, women to children, safety to freedom of expression. Some of the subjects discussed at the forum were longstanding dilemmas, other fresh problems, emblematic of our rapidly developing world. Below, IPIS’ researchers Gabriella Wass and Anna Bulzomi offer some insights into topics at the Forum that struck them as particularly interesting.