Remarks from Learning Lab Workshop on Public Procurement and Human Rights

Remarks from the Learning Lab Workshop on Public Procurement and Human Rights
Geneva, 19 November 2015

During the first workshop held by the Learning Lab, speakers gave remarks about the importance of public procurement as a tool to ensure businesses respect human rights. They also made clear statements of support for the Learning Lab and its potential to increase the inclusion of human rights considerations in the public procurement process. Below are the statements given at the workshop by four of the speakers. A full summary of the workshop will be posted shortly.

Statement by Harriet E. BergMinister Counsellor, Norwegian Mission to the UN and other international organisations in Genevaavailable here

Statement by Baskut TuncakSpecial Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes, available here

Video statement by Urmila BhoolaSpecial Rapporteur on contemporary forms of slavery, including its causes and consequences, available here

Video statement by Malcolm Youngson, CEO, International Federation of Purchasing and Supply Management, available here