Launch of “Mind the Gap Tour”

Rafto Stiftelsen launches the ‘Mind the Gap Tour’ with Nor-Shipping as a dedicated partner. Nor-Shipping Director Per Martin Tanggaard will moderate the first of a series of human rights seminars for the Norwegian shipping industry.

In cooperation with the Norwegian Shipowners Association, YoungShip, WISTA (Women’s International Shipping and Trading Association) and Nor-Shipping, Rafto Stiftelsen have agreed to deliver the ‘Mind the Gap Tour’ of human rights seminars for the Norwegian shipping industry. The seminars will focus primarily on the human rights lifecycle stages, but be adapted to each audience. They will take place from October 2018 – June 2019, and conclude with a panel at Nor-Shipping 2019 to report findings and next steps of engagement with the industry.

Lifecycle of a ship
The Rafto Foundation for Human Rights has partnered with the Institute for Human Rights and Business (IHRB) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) to develop a programme of awareness-raising and capacity-building with the Norwegian shipping industry to promote the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, and the importance of human rights due diligence and risk mapping.

At the heart of their approach is developing the ‘human rights lifecycle’ of a ship from finance and construction through operation to recycling/beaching, transposed onto the model recently developed by Nor-Shipping and YoungShip. Around this ‘lifecycle’ centre are five key sustainability ‘spokes’ for the maritime industry, with significant human rights risks and challenges within each: 1. Transportation, 2. Renewable energy, 3. Deep-sea mining, 4. Food harvesting and production and 5. Tourism

Launch at Arendalsuka
The first in a series of seminars will take place during the Arendal on Thursday 16 August 2019 with the following participants on the panel:
– Per Martin Tanggaard, Director, Nor-Shipping (Moderator)
– Mads Holst Jensen, Senior Advisor, Danish Institute for Human Rights
– Ivar Engan, Executive Director, Maritime Forum
– Therese Jebsen, Program Manager, Rafto Foundation
– Frode Elgesem, Lawyer and member of Norway’s OECD Contact Point and chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Norwegian Bar Association
– Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s Special Envoy, High-level Panel on Building a Sustainable Ocean Economy.

Contact: Therese Jebsen, Program Manager, Raftostiftelsen, 41511390, therese.jebsen@rafto.no

Websites:http://www.rafto.no, http://www.ihrb.org, http://www.humanrights.dk

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