Government’s Role

OSCE Joint Meeting of the Human Dimension and Economic and Environment Commitees

Speech, 15 December 2015

By John Morrison, Chief Executive, IHRB

The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) held a joint meeting of the Human Dimension and Economic and Environment Commitees on 11 December 2015 in Vienna.

IHRB's Executive Director John Morrison was invited to speak, where he provided background on the development of the business and human rights agenda and an overview of where the agenda currently stands.  He started by noting:


"Ladies, Gentlemen and Your Excellencies.

On the 10th of December 1948, in Paris, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was signed in the hot aftermath of Europe’s destruction.  Today in Paris – 67 years later – we hope for news of an agreement on climate change that might offer hope to the world and in particular those least responsible for the causes of global warming but most vulnerable to its effects. Human security and human rights are two of the pillars through which we hope Europe can live peacefully with itself and with other global regions. With this in mind, it is an honour to be here in Vienna today addressing a body that has played a central role in maintaining regional peace and security."

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