Trygve Lie Symposium 2010 on Fundamental Freedoms

Professor John Ruggie and Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre in New York 24 September. Photo: E.Lydersen, UN DelegationThe third annual Trygve Lie Symposium on Fundamental Freedoms will be chaired by Norwegian Minister of Foreign Affairs Jonas Gahr Støre at the International Peace Institute in New York on 24 September 2010. This year’s symposium will focus on the UN framework for human rights and business: “Protect, Respect and Remedy”.

The symposium gathers representatives from the top level of governments, civil society and the business sector to discuss challenges relating to human rights and business and the work of the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General (SRSG) on this area, Professor John Ruggie.

The event will take the form of a panel discussion chaired by Norwegian Foreign Minister Jonas Gahr Støre. SRSG Professor Ruggie will briefly introduce his work on "Protect, Respect and Remedy" – the framework for human rights and business. The panel participants will then give short comments, which will be followed by an open discussion.


Participation in the panel:

H.E. Mr. Alexander Yakovenko, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
H.E. Ms. Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Republic of South Africa
H.E. Ms. Maria Otero, Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs, United States of America
Ms. Mary Robinson, Chair of Institute for Human Rights and Business, former President of Ireland and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
H.E. Mr. Alberto D'Alotto, Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Argentina
Ms. Ronnie L. Goldberg, Executive Vice President of the United States Council for International Business (USCIB)

Background information on the panel participants

Contact person: Senior Adviser Hege Røttingen, MFA, Oslo, mobile: + 47 95409493 

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