Identifying roadmaps for action on business and human rights in South Asia
The second UN South Asia Forum on Business and Human Rights was held virtually 17-19 March 2021. With 1,500 attendees, the sessions covered a wide range of issues, including as universal and equitable COVID-19 vaccine distribution, gender bias in new technologies, the rights of migrant workers, and the impact of foreign legislation on mandatory human rights due diligence in South Asia.
Country-focused sessions assessed the state of business and human rights in Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, and resulted in national roadmaps for promoting business and human rights.
The Forum also hosted safe spaces for closed door discussions among civil society organizations, businesses, trade unions and national human rights institutions.