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"Where, after all, do universal human rights begin? In small places, close to home - so close and so small that they cannot be seen on any maps of the world. Yet they are the world of the individual person; the neighbourhood he lives in; the school or college he attends; the factory, farm, or office where he works. Such are the places where every man, woman, and child seeks equal justice, equal opportunity, equal dignity without discrimination. Unless these rights have meaning there, they have little meaning anywhere. Without concerted citizen action to uphold them close to home, we shall look in vain for progress in the larger world."

Eleanor Roosevelt, 1958

On 28 November 2018, the FDFA and SECO launched the first sector guidance for best practices in the respect of human rights specifically designed for commodity trading. The Guidance enables companies to conduct due diligence with respect to human rights in conformity with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights as well as related OECD Due Diligence Guidances. It was jointly elaborated with companies from the sector, NGOs and the canton of Geneva.

GCNS was a part of the Women at Work- conference where effective tools for women's economic empowerment and the critical role of the private sector were discussed. With Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka (Executive Director UN Women) and panelists Simona Scarpaleggia (CEO Ikea Switzerland), Mary Ellen Iskenderian (CEO Women's World Banking), Muriel Lienau (CEO Nestlé Switzerland) and Thomas Gass (Vice Director Swiss Agency Development and Cooperation).

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Executive Director UN Women addressed some of the challenges for Women At Work: unequal pay, unpaid work, mobilizing men and concluded with a strong message: "We know what works but we need to scale up in order to bring changes! The pace of change is too slow!" 

UNITED NATIONS, New York, 24 September 2018 -

More than 120 Chief Executives from some of the world’s leading businesses joined Heads of State and Government and leaders from both the United Nations and civil society today to explore innovative solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time as part of the UN Global Compact Leaders Summit 2018 during the 73rd regular session of the UN General Assembly.

The Investor Agenda has been developed for the global investor community to accelerate and scale up the actions that are critical to tackling climate change and achieving the goals of the Paris Agreement.

The Investor Agenda offers a clear path to scale-up investor action. It gives investors multiple opportunities to continue to demonstrate their willingness to become part of the transformation that will lead us to a more cleaner, greener, sustainable future for all.

Im Rahmen des High Level Political Forum für Nachhaltige Entwicklung haben die nichtstaatlichen Akteure der Begleitgruppe des Bundes für die Agenda 2030 eine Medienmitteilung zum Länderbericht über die Umsetzung der Nachhaltigkeitsziele durch die Schweiz herausgegeben, der diese Woche in New York von Doris Leuthard vorgestellt wird.

Für diese Akteure ist es wichtig, dass die gemeinsam definierten Interventionsfelder auch in der Schweiz anerkannt und angesprochen werden. Dazu ist es notwendig, dass diese Arbeit nicht separat angegangen, sondern in aktuelle politische Fragen integriert wird. Gemeinsam identifizierten sie Herausforderungen in acht Themenbereichen.

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