Summary of Latin America Dialogue on National Implementation of Business and Human Right Frameworks

From August 2013 to April 2014, the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable (ICAR) and the Danish Institute for Human Rights (DIHR) convened a series of 6 dialogues with over 240 experts and practitioners across stakeholder groups and world regions to gather inputs and recommendations in relation to the ICAR – DIHR National Action Plans (NAPs) Project. The NAPs Project is aimed at developing a Toolkit to support national implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs), including through the development of national baseline studies, NAPs, and follow-up mechanisms that aim to give practical effect to the UNGPs.

As part of this series of dialogues, the NAPs Project held its Latin America Dialogue on National Implementation of Business and Human Rights Frameworks in Bogotá, Colombia on 17-18 March 2014. This multi-stakeholder event brought together approximately 64 participants from inside and outside the Latin America region, including representatives from governments, civil society, indigenous organizations, academia, the business and investor communities, National Human Rights Institutions, and international organizations. The objective of the event was to share experiences and progress to date on States’ implementation of the UNGPs since their adoption in 2011, including through the development of NAPs on business and human rights.

The NAPs Project Team extends special thanks to the following co-organizers for their excellent support and collaboration in this endeavor: Dejusticia, the Presidential Program for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights of the Government of Colombia, Sustentia Innovación Social, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID) of the Government of Spain, CIDSE, the German Institute for Human Rights, the International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), the Geneva Centre for the Democratic Control of Armed Forces (DCAF), and the Institute for International Education (IIE).

You can download the summary report by clicking here: Latin America Dialogue - Summary

For more information on the NAPs Project, contact Sara Blackwell, ICAR’s Legal and Policy Associate, at sara@accountabilityroundtable.org.