Digital conference update: Health and safety, human rights and SDGs

24 April 2020 00:00

Digital conference update: Безопасность и охрана труда, права человека и Цели Устойчивого развития ( Health and safety, human rights and SDGs)

OSH, human rights and SDGs are on this week's agenda of IOE digital conferences.

World day for safety and health at work

On Tuesday 28 April, 15:00-16:00 to mark the 2020 World Day for Safety and Health at Work, ILO will be organizing a “Safe Day” webinar with a focus on COVID-19.

The webinar “Stop the pandemic: Safety and Health at Work can save lives” is open to all constituents and the general public. It will include a discussion with ILO and international OSH specialists as well as IOE and ITUC representatives. Kris de Meester (FEB) will be representing employers.

Please register using this link.

We encourage you to participate to the discussion and take part in the employers’ community b commitment to address occupational safety and health at work.

Covid-19 : Impact on the business and human rights agenda

On 29 April 2020 at 14:00 (Central European Time) IOE will host a digital conference with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.

Mthunzi Mdwaba, Chair of IOE Policy Working Group on Human Rights and Responsible Business Conduct will open the session. Additional participants include Linda Kromjong, Global Labor & Human Rights Director, Samsung Electronics; John Morrison, Executive Director, IHRB; David Vermijs, Senior Adviser, Shift.

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• 14:00 – 14:10 Welcome and setting the context by Mthunzi Mdwaba, Chair IOE PWG on Human Rights and Responsible Business Conduct

• 14:10 – 14:20 Keynote intervention “COVID-19 and its impact for the Business and Human Rights agenda” by Michelle Bachelet, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights

• 14:30 – 14:40 Question & Answer session

• 14:30 – 14:50 Panel

o Linda Kromjong, Global Labor & Human Rights Director, Samsung Electronics
o John Morrison, Executive Director, IHRB
o David Vermijs, Senior Adviser, Shift

• 14:50 – 15:00 Conclusions by Mthunzi Mdwaba

Response & Recovery in the Framework of the 2030 Agenda

On 29 April at 15:00 (Central European Time) UN DESA, IOE, USCIB’s All In 2020 Campaign and the Business Partners for Sustainable Development are jointly organising a digital conference on Covid-19, SDG 17 and public/private partnerships.

This virtual dialogue continues the spirit of the Partnership Forum of the UN Economic and Social Council, engaging government, UN entities, business and other stakeholders on launching and expanding practical solutions. How can private and public sectors collaborate with and through the UN to tackle social and sustainable development challenges embodied in the UN 2030 Agenda, especially as they move ahead on urgent pandemic response and prepare for recovery?

Effective pandemic response and recovery alongside the Decade of Delivery and Action, relies on making “business as usual” obsolete for both the private sector and the international community. Inclusive multilateralism is needed now more than ever, including through animating shared value partnerships across governments, inter-governmental bodies, business and other stakeholders.

The virtual dialogue will feature presentations by representatives of governments and practitioners on multi-stakeholder partnerships in 3 areas:

1) demonstrating how diverse public and private sector actors are working together to suppress transmission to stop the pandemic and save lives;

2) practical steps and enabling frameworks to assist businesses, employers and workers -- including the informal sector -- to address social, economic and multidimensional impacts such as eventual job loss with focus on the local actors and work on the ground, especially vis a vis SMEs and in developing countries; and

3) building partnerships to accelerate the global response to COVID-19.

Register here.