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On Human Rights Day, Global Compact Stresses Importance of Universal Human Rights Principles

2003-12-11 

Marking Human Rights Day, which was celebrated throughout the UN system on December 10, the Global Compact reaffirmed its commitment to making the Global Compact principles on human rights an integral part of business operations worldwide.
 
On the occasion of the III Annual International Learning Forum Meeting, which is being held in Nova Lima/Brazil on 9–11 December, two special breakout sessions are devoted to Global Compact principles one and two, which call on businesses to support and respect the protection of human rights within their sphere of influence and to make sure that they are not complicit in human rights abuses. In the course of these sessions, participants from business, civil society, labour and government will explore the practical meaning of the human rights principles and discuss various approaches taken by businesses in implementing the principles.
 
“The Global Compact human rights principles are based on a broad universal consensus. Along with the labour and environmental principles, they are at the core of the Global Compact’s identity as a value-based approach to tackle the key challenges of globalization,” said Georg Kell, Executive Head of the Global Compact. “Celebrating Human Rights Day, we are proud to renew our commitment to these principles by stressing the roles and responsibilities of the private sector in respecting, supporting and upholding human rights. They are a vital component of our mission to create a more inclusive global economy.”

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