! CHANGE OF VENUE - Lunch Lecture "Business and Human Rights: Belgian and International Recent Developments" (22/11)

! CHANGE OF VENUE – Lunch Lecture “Business and Human Rights: Belgian and International Recent Developments” (22/11)


Due to the large amount of registrations, the lunch lecture on “Business and Human Rights: Belgian and International Recent Developments” by Mrs. Hélène De Bock (22 November) will no longer take place at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs but will instead take place at the Egmont Palace and more precisely in the Orange Room.

Please note that you need to enter the Egmont Palace via the entrance on Karmelietenstraat 8bis.

Kindly Invite You to a Lunch Lecture on

Business and Human Rights: Belgian and International Recent Developments

by Ms. Hélène De Bock
Deputy Director Human Rights and Democracy, Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Wednesday 22 November 2017, 13.00-14.30
Egmont Palace, Orange Room
Karmelietenstraat 8bis
1000 Brussels

Abstract: The issue of human rights violations occurring in the framework or as a result of business operations has been a topic of discussion for decades. Globalization has made the issue more pressing and more complex and it has also brought the discussions from expert-driven fora to more mainstream discussions. Belgium has been active on this issue ever since the adoption of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights by the Human Rights Council in 2011, when it was a member of the Council. The purpose of this talk is to present the evolution of the topic in the UN and in Belgium since 2011, highlighting what different steps have been taken to address this challenging issue effectively and what remains to be done.

Short bio: Ms. Hélène De Bock is a diplomat and currenlty the Deputy Director Human Rights and Democracy at the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Prior to this position, she worked at the EU Delegation in India from 2011 to 2013 and at the Belgian Embassy to the United Kingdom from 2010 to 2011. Before that, she acted as First Secretary and as Acting Political Counsellor at the Belgian Embassy to India from 2007 to 2010. Before her diplomatic career, she worked at the Belgian Post and at PricewaterhouseCoopers.  She holds a Masters Degree in Economic Science from Université Libre de Bruxelles.

 If you wish to participate please register before 20 November. As the number of seats is limited, registration will be done on a first come, first serve basis.

Participation is free, but we kindly request a voluntary contribution for sandwiches and drinks provided.