John Grova is currently advising and coordinating a project led by the United Nations (UN) Working Group on Business and Human Rights: ‘Business and human rights: towards a decade of global implementation’.
This project is carried out in partnership with the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and the UN Development Programme and supported by the Geneva Academy and the Geneva Human Rights Platform. Governments supporting the project include Germany and Switzerland.
This project – framed around the June 2021 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) endorsement by the UN Human Rights Council – will take stock of achievements to date, assess existing gaps and challenges, and develop an ambitious vision and roadmap for implementing the UNGPs more widely and more broadly between now and 2030.
John has assisted the Working Group for several years, including in their mandate to guide the annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights that has taken place in Geneva every year since 2012. As part of his support to the UN Working Group and the annual Forum, he helped coordinate thematic preparations and stakeholder engagement for the Forum editions from 2012– 2019. John has also advised and supported the UN Working Group in the context of its thematic work on corporate human rights due diligence, human rights defenders and the role of business in conflict-affected areas, as well in broader policy engagements with all relevant stakeholders to promote the UNGPs globally.
From 2010–2012 he served as Associate Expert in the business and human rights team at OHCHR.
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This project aims at supporting the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights' project for the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.