President Droupadi Murmu will inaugurate the two-day conference of National Human Rights Institutions of the Asia Pacific region on Wednesday.
The conference, being organised by the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), India, in collaboration with the Asia Pacific Forum of National Human Rights Institutions, will be held at the Plenary Hall of Vigyan Bhawan, New Delhi.
The inaugural session will kickstart at 11:00 am with the conference of NHRIs of Asia Pacific and the Annual General Meeting (AGM), 2023, followed by a seminar organised by NHRC, India on ‘Business and Human Rights’ at 12:30 pm.
The seminar is divided into two thematic sessions – ‘Harmonising climate change, human rights and business,’ and ‘Advancing human rights in business and industry.’
On Thursday, a Biennial Conference will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration on Human Rights (UDHR) and 30 years of National Human Rights Institutions and the Paris Principles, with a sub-theme on the environment and climate change.
The event will serve as a platform for meaningful discussions, knowledge sharing and the development of strategies to ensure that businesses prioritise human rights and environmental sustainability in their operations.
Keynote speakers and panellists include prominent figures from the human rights paraphernalia, senior government functionaries, environmental, and corporate experts and regulators with diverse perspectives and insights.
Attendees will also have the opportunity to engage in interactive sessions and network with like-minded individuals and organisations committed to advancing the cause of human rights in business. All sessions of the conference will be streamed live through webcast.