10th International Conference of NHRIs


  
 
 
Delegates from over 80 countries including NHRIs, international and regional experts, United Nations officials, government representatives, civil society and business  organisations discussed human rights issues on the theme of Business and Human Rights, and the role national institutions can play in improving human rights in a globalised world.
 
Held by the Scottish Human Rights Commission, in cooperation the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC) and the Scottish Parliament , the conference adopted the 'Edinburgh Declaration'.
 
Before the opening, Navi Pillay, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights said: "This conference will provide an excellent opportunity for national human rights institutions to discuss and share priorities and strategies to improve the application of human rights norms in the corporate arena. National institutions play a key role in ensuring human rights are applied at the national level, and are also well placed to do serious human rights business with companies headquartered in their countries."
Professor Alan Miller, Chair of the Scottish Human Rights Commission pointed stated: "We are delighted to be celebrating international Human Rights Day today by announcing this conference coming to Scotland. Although ours is one of the newest Commissions in the world, by securing this event we are playing our part on the international stage. I'm sure that all of the delegates from our sister organisations in Africa, Asia-Pacific, the Americas and the rest of Europe will share a wealth of experiences in Edinburgh during this important event."
 
Presiding Officer Alex Fergusson MSP observed: "This will be the first time this conference has been held in a legislature and I look forward to welcoming delegates from around the globe to the Scottish Parliament next year. The work undertaken by human rights institutions around the world plays a vital role. The Scottish Parliament is proud not only to recognize this work but also to play our part in promoting debate and good practice in this area."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
  
  
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 I. Opening Addresses

 
  
  
  
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 II. Keynote speeches

 
  
  
  
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 III. Thematic workshops

 
  
  
  
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 IV. Background Papers

 
  
  
  
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 V. NGO and Civil Society Forum

 
  
  
  
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 Annex I. Papers from NHRIs

 
  
  
  
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 Annex II. Side Event Reports

 
  
  
  
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 Annex III. Technical information

 
  
  
  
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Joint Letter HC-ICC Chair-Scotish Human Rights Commission English French Spanish
Edinburgh Declaration English French Spanish
Edinburgh Declaration adopted and more news on
http://www.scottishhumanrights.com/international/biennial​
International Conference Programme English French Spanish Arabic
Individual Papers
Corporate Responsibiltiy and Human Rights - Australia​ English French Spanish Arabic
Doing Business in High Risk human rights environments-Denmark English French Spanish Arabic
Promoting and Protecting Human Rights in the Corporate Sector-Cameroon​​ English French Spanish Arabic
Access to a remedy for corporate human rights abuses-Uganda​ English French Spanish Arabic
Corperate responsibility-UK English French Spanish Arabic
New Challenges and New Chances for NHRIs KOREA English French Spanish Arabic

Documents​

Invitation letter English French Spanish Arabic
Draft program​ English French Spanish Arabic
Information note (logistics, travel, and registration form)​ English French
Spanish
Arabic

Thematic Papers

Working Towards Regional Action Plans: Optional Framework
English
French
Spanish
Arabic
Thematic Paper on Human Trafficking
English
French
Spanish
Arabic
Thematic Paper on Child Labour and Young Workers
English
French
Spanish
Arabic
Thematic Paper on Privatisation and Public Procurement
English
 
French
 
Spanish
Arabic
Thematic Paper on Safe and Healthy Environment
English
French
Spanish
Arabic

Background Papers

Concept Note
English
 
French
Spanish
Arabic
 

For further details please contact:

Jenifer Johnston
Scottish Human Rights Commission 
jenifer.johnston@scottishhumanrights.com
Tel: 07736 885 497
http://www.scottishhumanrights.com/news/latestnews/article/Biennialnews 

 
Lisa Sekaggya 
OHCHR National Institutions and Regional Mechanisms Section 
Tel: + 41 22 928 9416
 
 
 
 
 

Final Statement -NGO Forum