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Business and Human Rights Workshop: Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles

Posted in Events by unaavic on March 8th, 2013

26 March , 2013
9:00 amto1:00 pm


The UNAA Business and Human Rights Workshops build capacity to monitor and manage corporate human rights risks and impacts, providing practical guidance on how to integrate human rights considerations into everyday business practices. They provide a practical learning forum for practitioners from all stakeholder groups, on the international and domestic standards and tools available to help prevent and redress business related human rights harm.  The workshops, held in partnership with Allens, are facilitated by Vanessa Zimmerman, Business and human rights expert and former Legal Advisor to the United Nations Special Representative on Business and Human Rights.

Who are the workshops for?
The workshops are an essential training program for corporate responsibility and sustainability managers, investors, governance, risk and compliance managers, and corporate lawyers on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles – the global standard of practice on business and human rights. They invite business, government and NGOs professionals wanting to learn more about business and human rights and how to apply the UN Guiding Principles in practice. Participants who attend the entire series of 6 workshops are exposed to a full package of learning on the business responsibility to respect and will be well equipped to manage business related human rights risks.

Workshop 1 Details:

Workshop 1: Business and Human Rights: Introduction to the UN Guiding Principles
Date: Tuesday 26 March
Time: 8.30am Registration, 9am to 1pm Workshop
Venue: Hosted by Allens, Level 37, 101 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
RSVP Deadline: 5 pm, Tuesday 19 March

Registration fees:
Business/Government: $520 +GST per workshop or 6 workshops for $440 +GST each

Non-profit organisation: $370 +GST per workshop or 6 workshops for $330+GST each

Places are limited. Please register early to avoid disappointment. To register go to:

Register for complete series of 6 workshops before 5pm, 19 March 2013 to take advantage of discounted workshop package.

  • Workshop 2: Corporate Human Rights Policy Development Tuesday 9 April
  • Workshop 3: Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence: Assessment and integration of human rights impacts Tuesday 14 May
  • Workshop 4: Corporate Human Rights Due Diligence: Tracking and communicating human rights performance Tuesday 4 June
  • Workshop 5: Addressing Adverse Human Rights Impacts: Managing human rights related complaints, disputes and grievances Tuesday 2 July
  • Workshop 6: Managing Human Rights in the Supply Chain and Other Business Relationships Tuesday 6 August

The Island President: Premiere Screening and Q&A

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on April 27th, 2012

27 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:30 pm

The Human Rights Art & Film Festival (HRAFF) presents the Australian premiere of The Island President.

Jon Shenk’s The Island President is the story of President Mohamed Nasheed of the Maldives, a man confronting a problem greater than any other world leader has ever faced—the literal survival of his country and everyone in it. After bringing democracy to the Maldives after thirty years of despotic rule, Nasheed is now faced with an even greater challenge: as one of the most low-lying countries in the world, a rise of three feet in sea level would submerge the 1200 islands of the Maldives enough to make them uninhabitable.

The Island President captures Nasheed’s first year of office, culminating in his trip to the Copenhagen Climate Summit in 2009, where the film provides a rare glimpse of the political horse-trading that goes on at such a top-level global assembly. Nasheed is unusually candid about revealing his strategies—leveraging the Maldives’ underdog position as a tiny country, harnessing the power of media, and overcoming deadlocks through an appeal to unity with other developing nations. When hope fades for a written accord to be signed, Nasheed makes a stirring speech which salvages an agreement. Despite the modest size of his country, Mohamed Nasheed has become one of the leading international voices for urgent action on climate change.

On February 7, 2012, Mohamed Nasheed resigned the presidency under the threat of violence in a coup d’état perpetrated by security forces loyal to the former dictator. This film is the story of his first year in office.

Mr Nasheed, often referred to as “the Mandela of the Maldives”, has been a human rights campaigner and a global warming activist throughout his life. He will participate in a Live Video Q&A at HRAFF following The Island President screening on the 27th of May 2012 at the ACMI Cinemas.

Australian Premiere HRAFF Closing Night: The Island President
Sunday, 27 May 2012, 6:30 pm
ACMI Cinemas

For more information and to book tickets:

There Once Was An Island: Australian Premiere

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 17th, 2011

20 May , 2011
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

There Once Was An Island: Australian Premiere

The Indigenous people of Takuu, a tiny low-lying atoll in the South Western Pacific, have an impossible decision to make. Water is rising, and as their land starts to disappear, their way of life is under threat. But there are more immediate dangers. As they prepare for a terrifying tidal flood to rip through their community, they must ask the question: do we stay, or do we leave our homeland forever? There Once was an Island reveals the human face of climate change in the Pacific, challenging audiences everywhere to consider their own relationship to the earth and the other people on it.

6:30 pm, Friday, 20 May 2011
ACMI, Australian Centre for the Moving Image

Part of the Human Rights Art & Film Festival: