USAID Seminar to Address Emerging Business and Human Rights Issues

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, July 26, 2011
USAID Press Office

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Agency for International Development will continue its series of weekly seminars at the National Press Club. Tomorrow, USAID will hold its fourth seminar, entitled "Business & Human Rights: Emerging Issues on the Development Horizon."

Promoting freedom and democracy and protecting human rights around the world are central to U.S. foreign policy. The United States is committed to working with democratic partners, international and regional organizations, non-governmental organizations, and engaged citizens to support those seeking freedom. USAID's Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance works to promote democracy, protect human rights and international religious freedom, and advance labor rights globally. The forum will discuss opportunities, challenges, and emerging issues on the Business and Human Rights landscape.

Tomorrow's speakers will include:

Moderator: Vivienne J. Wildes, PhD, Ben Franklin Fellow, Office of Development Partners, USAID, Professor, Pennsylvania State University

Chris Avery, Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Center

Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Center

Bennett Freeman, Senior Vice President, Sustainability Research & Policy, Calvert Investments

Christina del Castillo, Anticorruption Advisor, Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, USAID

Melike Yetken, Division Chief, Business & Human Rights, Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights & Labor, U.S. Department of State

USAID's upcoming seminars will continue to explore a range of development topics, innovative approaches, and diverse experiences among USAID and the development community. More detailed information - including confirmed speakers and panelists - can be accessed online at:



USAID Seminar to Address Emerging Business and Human Rights Issues


Wednesday, July 27th


9:30am - 11:00am


National Press Club
529 14th St. NW
13th Floor, Holeman Lounge
Washington, D.C. 20045


USAID Senior Officials and Development Experts


Members of the press interested in covering the seminar should contact Brett Welcher at or 202-712-5327.

Last updated: August 03, 2017

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