Panel discussion on the tenth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights

National statement by the Kingdom of the Netherlands

Madam President,

The Kingdom of the Netherlands aligns itself with the EU statement. 

We thank the Office of the High Commissioner for organizing this panel discussion to mark the tenth anniversary of the Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

The Netherlands reaffirms its genuine commitment to the UNGPs. The three pillars provide states and businesses with a comprehensive framework to protect all, but especially vulnerable people, against and ensure redress for business-related human rights violations.     

In 2014, the Netherlands was one of the first countries to develop a National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights. We are now drawing up an updated NAP for the coming decade to further strengthen our implementation of the UNGPs. We engage stakeholders at all levels - from business, to civil society and scientists, to government, including embassies. 

The Netherlands calls on all states to implement a NAP. We are most willing to share our best practices and lessons learned. 

Looking forward, we will continue to strengthen our profound commitment to and practical application of the UN Guiding Principles. 

Distinguished members of the panel: 

How can we promote UNGP-based global standards in multilateral fora and seek policy coherence with the SDG’s and the Paris agreement?

Thank you.