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Wednesday, March 13 • 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Private meeting with Civil Society Organizations

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Closed event only for Civil Society Organizations (CSOs)

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the UN Working Group on Business and Human
Rights (UNWG) are jointly organizing a private meeting with representatives of Civil Society Organizations
(CSOs) prior to the Inaugural UN South Asia Forum on Business and Human Rights.

Objectives
This meeting aims to provide participants an informal and safe space to:
- Discuss key concerns and challenges regarding business-related human rights abuses in South Asia.
- Exchange good practices and discuss strategies and tools that CSOs have at their disposal to
engage with governments and the private sector.
- Explore steps that CSOs could take to push for the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles
on Business and Human Rights by governments as well as businesses.
- Gain a better understanding of the various engagement opportunities with the UNWG.
- Obtain an overview of the ongoing work of the UNWG.


Speakers
avatar for Surya Deva

Surya Deva

Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Surya Deva is an Associate Professor at the School of Law of City University of Hong Kong. He holds BA (Hons), LLB and LLM from the University of Delhi and a PhD from Sydney Law School, and has taught previously at the University of Delhi and at the National Law Institute University... Read More →
avatar for Harpreet Kaur

Harpreet Kaur

UNDP - Asia Pacific
Harpreet Kaur is a Business and Human Rights Specialist at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Bangkok Regional Hub. Prior to this Harpreet lead the Genpact Centre for Women’s Leadership at Ashoka University in India, where she steered the agenda on ‘Women, Workplace... Read More →
avatar for Livio Sarandrea

Livio Sarandrea

Business and Human Rights Adviser, UNDP
Livio Sarandrea, is the Chief Adviser and Manager of UNDP’s project: “Business and Human Rights in Asia promoting Responsible Business practices through regional partnerships (B+HR Asia)”. A Human Rights lawyer with 20 years of field experience in Southeast Europe, Africa and... Read More →


Wednesday March 13, 2019 2:00pm - 5:30pm
Senate Lounge First floor