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Webinar on Advancing Engagement Between India and Europe on Responsible Business and Sustainable Development by Oxfam & EU [Mar 25; 2 PM]: Register Now!

Oxfam India is organizing a webinar on Advancing Engagement Between India and Europe on Responsible Business and Sustainable Development, in collaboration with the European Union (EU), on March 25th.

About Oxfam

Oxfam is a confederation of 20 independent charitable organizations focusing on the alleviation of global poverty, founded in 1942 and led by Oxfam International.[3] It is a major nonprofit group with an extensive collection of operations.

Winnie Byanyima was the executive director of Oxfam International from 2013 to 2019.

Oxfam India

Oxfam India is an autonomous Indian organization and has staff and board members from within India. Oxfam India is a member of the global confederation of 20 Oxfams across the world. The government of India has registered Oxfam India as a non-profit organization under Section 8 of the Indian Companies Act, 2013, and has a Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) license.

Oxfam India has a long and well-recognized record of humanitarian relief in times of crisis. In the last ten years, Oxfam India has responded to disasters in Assam, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Kerala, Kashmir, Manipur, Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Odisha. We have also provided aid to Internally Displaced Persons during Kargil War, Muzaffarnagar violence, Kokrajhar violence, and others.

From Global Goals to Local Impact Background

Over the last three years, the project From Global Goals to Local Impact has aimed to influence the actions of the Indian private sector on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This has been with particular emphasis on strengthening the leadership and abilities of Indian civil society to engage with and influence private sector response on SDGs 5 Gender Equality, 8 Decent Work and Economic Growth, 10 Reducing Inequalities, and 16 Peace Justice and Strong Institutions.

The SDGs present an opportunity for civil society to engage with businesses on a range of sustainable development issues from a rights-based perspective. The role of the private sector in creating a sustainable and inclusive society is particularly important in recognizing the equal rights of women and girls (SDG 5), creating decent jobs that pay living wages (SDG 8), reducing inequalities (SDG 10), and building peaceful and inclusive societies (SDG 16). The project is, a part of the European Union’s (EU) Partnership Instrument (PI) that aims to reinforce bilateral engagement between India and Europe for promoting collective approaches and responses to issues of global concern. Implemented through a collaboration between Oxfam India and Oxfam GB the project recognizes UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights as a key vehicle to stop a ‘race to the bottom on human rights and promote responsible business conduct.

Coming Together

In a session titled, Advancing Engagement between India and Europe on Business Responsibility and Sustainable Development, we hope to share learnings and successes from the past three years but also highlight opportunities in the emerging legal and policy frameworks on business operations across supply and value chains. It will consider the challenges, opportunities, and the road ahead for ensuring the human rights of all are respected and protected and how these form the basis of achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.

To know more, click here.

  • Time: 14:00 – 15:30 IST / 8.30 -10am GMT
  • Date: 25 March 2021
How to Register?

To register and attend the webinar, click on the link given at the end of this table below.

Click here for the invitation from Oxfam.

Time Agenda Item
14.00-14.05Welcome & Introduction, Ms. Ranu Bhogal, Director Policy, Research & Campaigns, Oxfam India
14.05-14.15A word from Oxfam India CEO, Mr. Amitabh Behar
14.15-14.25Keynote: European Union Perspective on Strengthening India-EU civil society partnerships on sustainable development by the Ambassador of the European Union to India, H.E. Mr. Ugo Astuto
14.25-14.40Project Overview Objectives and key highlights of the project
Ruth Mhlanga, Oxfam Great Britain and Trinanjan Radhakrishnan, Oxfam India
14.40-15.30Roundtable Discussion: Advancing Engagement between India and Europe on Business Responsibility and Sustainable Development
Moderated by Ranjana Das, Oxfam India: Discussion Points

  • Key and upcoming policy developments on business and human rights in India and Europe: Opportunities, remaining challenges,
  • Avenues and opportunities for influencing business enterprises, governments and other stakeholders/ What is the role of these different stakeholders going forward and how can we encourage collaboration.
  • Achieving the goals by 2030

Format: 50min discussion
Speakers 5min each.  (20 min) 

  • Rijit Sengupta, CEO, Centre for Responsible Business (India) 
  • Mark Dearn, Director, CORE Coalition
  • Sean Lees, Business and Human Rights Specialist, UNDP
  • Joel Fernandes, Associate Director Europe, Business Support to the EU-India Policy Dialogues

30 min open Q&A from the audience. 

Click here to register for the webinar.

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