Interim Briefing on the National Action Plans (NAPs) Project

Since 2012, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) have been actively engaged in policy discussions and research relating to National Action Plans (NAPs) on business and human rights as a platform for holding governments to account for progress in implementing the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).

Against this background, ICAR and DIHR launched a joint project—National Action Plans: State Strategies for the Implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights—in August 2013. The goal of the Project is to produce a robust Toolkit for NAPs to support the development and evaluation of State-level measures to implement the UNGPs.

ICAR and DIHR are pleased to release an "Interim Briefing on the NAPs Project" during the Second Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, which is taking place on 2-4 December 2013 in Geneva.

The Interim Briefing provides an overview of the State duty to protect against human rights violations under the UNGPs; lays out recent NAPs developments in Europe and the United States; and outlines the objectives, timeline, scope, and progress to date of the NAPs Project. The Project has already completed regional consultations with stakeholders in Europe and Africa and has conducted numerous bilateral consultations with a range of experts and other actors, whose valuable inputs will feed into the final Project Report and recommendations that are scheduled for release in June 2014. Click here to view the Interim Briefing.

For more information on the NAPs Project, contact Sara Blackwell, ICAR's Legal and Policy Fellow, at