Throughout my travels this past year, it has often struck me how 2017 has felt like a year in reverse, rather than a progression forward. In this “year of moving backwards,” I have been most disturbed by threats to internationally proclaimed human rights. From rising economic and social inequality to the infringement of many basic rights and freedoms, we live in a world in desperate need of change; one where the role of business in advancing human rights is indisputable.
Just last month, I attended the annual United Nations Forum on Business and Human Rights in Geneva, Switzerland. As I sat under the intricate ceiling painting by Miquel Barceló in the Human Rights Council, I heard story after story of troubling human rights abuses come to light. When UN human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein announced the beginning of a year-long campaign to commemorate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), I remember thinking to myself — this is the year for the private sector to really stand up for human rights.
This time next year — on 10 December 2018 — we will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the UDHR. When the Declaration was adopted on 10 December 1948, at the third session of the UN General Assembly, it was a ray of hope for a better world after the devastations of two World Wars and unspeakable human rights abuses. It was a necessary step forward in rebuilding a new world order that was more just, more equal, more peaceful and more humane. (…)
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