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UN Extends Mandate of the Special Representative on Business and Human Rights

(New York, 30 June 2008) - On 18 June 2008, the United Nations Human Rights Council adopted a resolution extending the mandate of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General (SRSG) on business and human rights for another three years. Professor John Ruggie has agreed to continue his work as SRSG until the end of this mandate.

The Global Compact is highlighted in the Council's resolution, which requests the SRSG to “identify, exchange and promote best practices and lessons learned on the issue of transnational corporations and other business enterprises, in coordination with the efforts of the human rights working group of the UN Global Compact.”

Commenting on the mandate's extension, Mary Robinson, President of Realizing Rights, Global Compact Board Member and chair of the Global Compact's Human Rights Working Group said:

"The Special Representative's latest report - through its protect, respect and remedy policy framework - moves the business and human rights debate forward significantly. The Global Compact Human Rights Working Group looks forward to linking our efforts more closely to the Special Representative's future activities."

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Ursula Wynhoven
UN Global Compact Office