17/05/2023 - Section meeting with webstreaming


10:30-13:00    Morning session

1. Adoption of the draft agenda

2. Approval of the minutes of the 208th meeting, held on 5 April 2023

3. Civil society contribution to the protection of human rights worldwide – 75 years after the Universal Declaration of Human Rights

  • Oliver RÖPKE, President of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC)
  • Friederike TSCHAMPA, Deputy Head of Human Rights Division, EEAS 
  • Adriano NUVUNGA, Director of the Center for Democracy and Development, President of the Mozambique Human Rights Defenders Network
  • Sara PRESTIANNI, Acting Director of Advocacy, EuroMed Rights
  • Paula LITVACHKY, Executive Director of the Center for Legal and Social Studies (CELS, Argentina)

Specific focus on business and human rights: 

  • Ben VANPEPERSTRAETE, Strategic Policy Advisor for trade and sustainable development and Human Rights Expert at CNV International
  • Linda KROMJONG, President of amfori
  • Raisa LIPARTELIANI, Vice-President of the Georgian Trade Unions Confederation

14:30-17:00    Afternoon session

Current challenges for the global system for human rights

  • Ilze BRANDS KEHRIS, UN Assistant Secretary-General for Human Rights and Head of Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) 
  • Tim DE MEYER, Senior Advisor in the ILO Department of International Labour Standards
  • Thomas WAGNSONNER, EESC Rapporteur on Forced labour product ban, Mandatory due diligence  and Binding UN treaty on business and human rights  

4. Presentation by Dr Oz HASSAN, Reader in the Politics and International Studies Department at the University of Warwick, on the study entitled Afghanistan: Lessons learnt from 20 years of supporting democracy, development and security

5. Mid-term reports

  • Euromed Follow-Up Committee
    Presentation by Ioannis VARDAKASTANIS
  • International Trade Follow-Up Committee
    Presentation by Tanja BUZEK
  • EU-Japan Follow-Up Committee
    Presentation byErika KOLLER
  • Latin America Follow-Up Committee
    Presentation by Josep PUXEU ROCAMORA

6. Update on recent and upcoming activities by the REX Section President, Dimitris DIMITRIADIS

7. Any other business

8. Date of next meeting.

Interpreting requested from    BG/ES/DE/EL/EN/FR/HR/IT/LT/HU/NL/PL/PT/RO/SK/FI

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Members unable to attend the meeting are asked to give advance notice to their group secretariat so that interpreters do not attend unnecessarily.
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Draft Agenda REX Section Meeting - 17 May, 2023