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Joint letter from the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Executive Director of the Global Compact

(New York, 28 April 2008) – Today, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Ms. Louise Arbour, and the Executive Director of the Global Compact, Mr. Georg Kell, jointly issued a letter to Global Compact participants encouraging companies to advance human rights principles within their own operations and sphere of influence.

The letter outlines practical ways in which companies and Global Compact Local Networks can respect and promote human rights, and includes information on a number of business and human rights tools and guidance materials that can help with this task.

10 December 2008 marks the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR).

Click here to download a copy of the letter.

Click here to download ideas for actions on human rights.

Click here for the latest issue of the Compact Quarterly which spotlights Human Rights.

Contact

Ursula Wynhoven
UN Global Compact Office
+1-212-963-5705
wynhoven@un.org