UN SECRETARY-GENERAL AND HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR HUMAN RIGHTS TO HOST GLOBAL COMPACT DIALOGUE
Theme Is "Discrimination is Everybody’s Business"
(Reissued as received.)
GENEVA, 29 August (UN Information Service) -- Business and trade union leaders will meet in Durban on 31 August to discuss the impact of racism and discrimination in the workplace and wider community.
United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan will open the meeting, in which Mary Robinson, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights and Secretary-General of the World Conference against Racism, will also take part. The meeting is one of a wide range of special events taking place in conjunction with the World Conference.
The dialogue will highlight private-sector initiatives to promote equality and inclusion in and out of the workplace, and look at obstacles faced in fighting discrimination. Participants will also explore opportunities for new cross-sectoral partnerships post-Durban as part of their commitment to the Secretary-General’s Global Compact.
The high-level dialogue is the first of three events planned during the World Conference to address the role of the private sector in combating discrimination and fostering diversity. On 1 September, a workshop with representatives of companies, trade unions, civil society groups and governments will identify ways of working together to make real progress on these issues. On 4 September, a joint International Labour Organization-Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights panel on "Implementing Equality and Diversity Policies: Private Sector Action" will allow people involved in the development and implementation of equality and diversity policies or projects in the private sector to interact.
As the Secretary-General has noted: "The Global Compact aims to embed the global market in shared values. It is also a learning forum so that participating companies can show the way for others through enlightened leadership and creative partnerships. I am encouraged by the commitment of Compact participants who have agreed to throw their considerable weight behind the cause of diversity and non-discrimination."
The 31 August panel is scheduled from 16:30 to 18:00 in Conference Room 7 of the Durban Exhibition Centre. In addition to Kofi Annan and Mary Robinson, the participants will be:
For more information about the Global Compact, contact:
Scott Jerbi, Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights:
Telephone at International Convention Centre:
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