Under Secretary Maria Otero to Host Business and Human Rights Discussion at the Department of State on October 27

Media Note
Office of the Spokesman
Washington, DC
October 27, 2010

Under Secretary of State for Democracy and Global Affairs Maria Otero will host a high-level discussion with Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights John Ruggie on October 27. A Harvard Professor, Dr. Ruggie was appointed by the United Nations Secretary General in 2005 to identify and clarify standards of corporate responsibility and accountability regarding human rights. Dr. Ruggie has developed a Protect, Respect and Remedy Framework to address these issues. The United States welcomes the opportunity to consult with the Special Representative before his final report is presented in June 2011. Interagency representatives will also participate in the discussion.

The framework, which was unanimously welcomed by the United Nations Human Rights Council this year, rests on three pillars: the state duty to protect against human rights abuses by third parties, including business, through appropriate policies, regulation, and adjudication; the corporate responsibility to respect human rights, including acting with due diligence to avoid infringing on human rights and addressing adverse impacts that occur; and the need for greater access by victims to effective judicial and non-judicial remedies. The final report, which we anticipate will include numerous specific recommendations, will be presented to the Human Rights Council in June 2011.

The meeting with Dr. Ruggie is closed press.


Department of State
Kathy Giles-Diaz

PRN: 2010/1541