Human Rights, Business and SDGs in the Pacific was organised with the Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and other partners with support from UNSW’s Institute for Global Development (IGD). It was the second program in the Pacific focused on building the knowledge, skills and capacity of community advocates to engage effectively with governments and businesses on the impacts of business on human rights standards. The program brought together 27 civil society advocates (16 women) from seven Pacific Island countries – Tuvalu, Solomon Islands, Vanuatu, Cook Islands, Fiji, Tonga and Papua New Guinea. Trainers included UNSW Professor Justine Nolan and Professor Surya Deva, Chair of the UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights. The program participants established a new regional Pacific Human Rights and Business Network.
DTP and its regional partner Migrant Forum in Asia (MFA) held a workshop with DTP alumni, trainers and partners to review its 15 years of capacity building work for migrant workers’ rights advocates in Asia and Middle-East – a program that has involved more than 650 individuals from over 20 countries. The workshop reviewed the migrant workers’ programs and set future directions for capacity building work.
DTP’s29th Annual Regional Human Rights and People’s Diplomacy Training Program will again be held in Timor-Leste, coinciding with the country’s 20th anniversary of the popular vote for independence. This course, first held at UNSW Law Faculty in 1990, is the longest running capacity building program of its kind in the Asia-Pacific region, making a significant contribution to the regional human rights movement since 1990.
In June, DTP is running an Indigenous Peoples program in Thailand, and migrant workers programs in Dubai and Indonesia.