• How do we deal with private actors, such as armed groups or corporations,whose behaviour in fragile states has a significantly negative impact on human rights? Conversely, how do we ensure the accountability and effectiveness of NGOs and multilateral institutions, whose objective is to protect and promote human rights?
• How should Canada choose and focus its human rights interventions in failed and fragile states?
• What other issues are on the horizon? How do we push the agenda forward?
12:45 — 2:00 Luncheon and discussion: Other Emerging Issues?
2:00 — 3:45 Thematic Cluster 4 — Sustainable Development, the Environment and Human Rights
Chair: Henri?Paul Normandin, Director, Human Rights, Gender Equality,Health and Population, Foreign Affairs Canada
Lead Discussant: Jorge Daniel Taillant, Executive Director, Centre for Human
Rights and Environment
• Are human rights approaches to development useful on-the-ground tools? Or are they pie in the sky?
• What are the productive and promising avenues for convergence between environmental and human rights issues?
• Should concepts such as the right to water and the right to development be entrenched in law? What are the benefits and what are the obstacles?
• What have we learned with respect to human rights in the context of natural disasters? What needs to be tried or done better next time?
• What other issues are on the horizon? How can we push the agenda forward?
3:45 — 4:00 Health break
4:00 — 5:00 Summary and Conclusions