July 22, 2014

Expert Meeting: The Hague Institute for Global Justice September 2014

We are delighted to announce that our 2nd Expert Meeting in collaboration with The Hague Institute for Global Justice is lined up to take place on the 2nd of September 2014 from 9.00 to 6.00 p.m. at The Hague Institute for Global Justice.

The conference aims to advance international policy dialogue and will be joined by experts and business entrepreneurs. Research will be presented on the private sector’s role in the promotion of human rights and peacebuilding in fragile and conflict-affected states.

Progress of the international business community in realizing commitments associated with the UN Global Compact and Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights and their relationship to other normative frameworks will be reviewed. This includes The Hague Approach, a high-level initiative launched by The Hague Institute in 2013, which sets out six key principles for achieving sustainable peace in post-conflict situations.

The participants will be invited to consider the reforms, tools, and training required for strengthening private sector efforts to promote global norms in the areas of human rights, labor, good governance and environmental commitments in fragile and conflict-affected societies, drawing on first-hand experience from the field, including Afghanistan, Burundi and Liberia.

Through this conference, The Hague Institute and SPARK endeavor to map out policy solutions and research to support business and labor groups committed to peace and justice in global governance.

Representatives from the private and public sector, civil society organizations and academia with expertise in sustainable human development and corporate social responsibility in fragile and conflict-affected states are encouraged to contact Ms. Manuella Appiah.

Background: SPARK Expert Meetings 2014

In 2014, together with a wide spectrum of international partners (UNDP, ILO, Silatech, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, CASA and others) SPARK will organize a series of eight expert meetings worldwide, designed to deepen understanding of the role of entrepreneurship development for stability in fragile states, develop concrete tools with key development partners and place the importance thereof higher on the international policy agenda.

As of recent, the concept of job creation for stability has become trending. Investments in this thematic area are rapidly increasing, especially in fragile states. Entrepreneurship development is seen as a key intervention strategy for employment creation that can correlate with stability. However, the evidence base on various aspects of this concept is still weak. This series aims to build the evidence base and an international network of practitioners that collects such evidence together.