Professor John Ruggie, the United Nations Secretary-General's Special Representative (SRSG) on Business and Human Rights, commented;
“There is no single silver bullet solution to the global challenges of business and human rights. Instead, all actors – states, businesses, and civil society – must learn to do many things differently. But those things must cohere and become cumulative. The Symposium, which is timely and important, goes right to the core of these issues.”
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Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre chaired the annual Trygve Lie Symposium on Fundamental Freedoms at the International Peace Institute in New York on Friday 24 September, in connection with the UN General Assembly.
This year’s event focused on strengthening business’ respect for human rights. Norway, together with Russia, Argentina, Nigeria and India, is a key sponsor of the mandate of the UNSRSG on Business and Human Rights, which will be attracted a large audience and fostered support from ministers for Professor Ruggie’s vision and work, including the UN Framework “Protect, Respect, Remedy”, and the forthcoming Guiding Principles. That process received strong support from participating ministers from South Africa, Russia, the United States and Argentina as well as from Nigeria and business and civil society.
“Through extensive research, pilot projects and consultations covering more than 40 countries over the past six years, John Ruggie has laid the foundation for common international rules of the game,” said Mr. Støre. “The Guiding Principles will provide us with greater clarity on states’ responsibility to protect and duty to respect human rights, and will help to level the playing field. It is our ambition that Norway and Norwegian business will at the forefront of efforts to promote business and human rights.”