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Wednesday, November 27 • 10:30 - 13:00
Regional dialogue: lessons learned, challenges, innovation - Latin America and the Caribbean

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Interpretation provided in English and Spanish

Brief description of the session: 

This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day and the 4th Regional Consultation in Latin American and Caribbean (LAC) (3-4 September, Santiago de Chile), the region focused discussions aim to take a closer look at how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges faced in LAC countries and lessons learned from emerging governments, business and civil society action.
In the framework of this year’s Forum theme, “Time to act: Governments as catalysts for business respect for human rights”, the LAC session will address challenges and emerging practices [JEG1] for fostering wider and more coherent actions and initiatives to promote business respect for human rights. The session will also feature the new Responsible Business Conduct in LAC (RBC LAC) project; providing an update on the activities and hearing the views/suggestions from different concerned stakeholders with respect to activities and priorities.

Objectives of the session: 
  • Facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue around lessons learned and the way forward, including on how to scale up wider and more coherent actions, to promote business respect for human rights
  • Strengthen a race to the top among governments and business in the region
  • Exchange views and suggestions with regard to the activities/priorities envisioned  under the RBC LAC project
The session is chaired by the member of the UN Working Group, Dante Pesce

A. 10: 30-11:10- RBC LAC Project

Presentation of LAC project: OHCHR, OECD and ILO

B. 11:10- 11.50: Stakeholder reflections: Are we making progress?
Kick-off remarks on the progress in the region: Elin Wrzoncki, Danish Institute on Business and Human Rights, and Mauricio Lazala, Business and Human Rights Resource Centre - ( 7 min)
  • Academic sector perspective 
  • Indigenous representatives 
  • Civil society perspective 
  • Business 

C. 11:50-12:30:  Government panel
This part of the session will provide a space for Government representatives to discuss the diverse pathways being followed by countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to promote responsible business conduct. This roundtable involving governments from different countries of the region will offer an opportunity to hear the perspectives of Government representatives on the way forward to step up Government leadership for action on business and human rights, sharing experiences from [JEG2] practice, challenges and existing and potential opportunities.

D. 12.30-13: 00 : Interactive dialogue. Looking forward, how to make progress in collaboration and can a shared vision of challenges and action be identified?

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Dante Pesce

Member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
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Humberto Cantu Rivera

Director Ejecutivo, Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas - Universidad de Monterrey
Director Ejecutivo del Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas de la Universidad de Monterrey, y Profesor titular de su Escuela de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales. Director de la Rama latinoamericana de la Global Business and Human Rights Scholars Association.


Susana Lopez

Pueblo Indígena Maya-Mam, Guatemala
Susana López es mujer indígena Maya-Mam, defensora de los derechos humanos y de la Madre Tierra desde muy joven. Tiene una licenciatura en informática y administración de recursos humanos. Acompaña mujeres y jóvenes en la defensa del territorio y los bienes naturales. Actualmente... Read More →
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Gabriela Almeida

Human Rights Adviser, Global Compact Network Brazil
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Alexia Ghyoot

Human Rights Officer, RBC LAC project, Sustainable Human Development Section, Special Procedure Branch, OHCHR

Annie Van Klaveren

Specialist, Multinational Enterprises Multinational Enterprises Unit Enterprises Department, International Labour Organization (ILO)

Luis Rodriguez - Pinero

Human Rights Officer, Business and Human Rights Team, OHCHR
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Froukje Boele

Manager Latin America and the Caribbean, OECD Centre for Responsible Business Conduct
Froukje Boele is Manager on Responsible Business Conduct for Latin America and the Caribbean at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). In this capacity she works with governments, business and civil society to implement the OECD Guidelines for Multinational... Read More →
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Daniela Camargo

Focal Point. Human Rights and Anticorruption Coordinator, Global Compact Network Colombia
Gender, Peace building, Due Diligence and SDGs.

Peter Hall

Adviser, Business & Human Rights/Responsible Business Conduct, International Organization of Employers
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Andres Hernandez

Gerente de Proyectos Internacionales, Vincular
Public policies on B&HRThe economic role of state and HR: state owned enterprises, public purchasing and economic diplomacyThe business case for B&HR for both, the state and private enterprises
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Julia Cuadros

Miembro del Consejo Directivo, Cooperaccion
Especialista en Planeamiento Estratégico y Operativo, Desarrollo Institucional, Monitoreo, Seguimiento y Evaluación de programas y proyectos orientados a resultados, con enfoque de equidad de género, derechos e interculturalidad en el ciclo del Proyecto y en la definición de Programas... Read More →
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José Aylwin

Coordinador del Programa Globalización y Derechos Humanos, Observatorio Ciudadano
José Aylwin. Es abogado, Magister en derechos en Universidad de British Columbia, Canadá. Fue Director del Instituto de Estudios Indígenas de la Universidad de la Frontera, Temuco, Chile, entre 1994 y 1997. Fundador y co Director del Observatorio de Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas... Read More →

Mauricio Lazala

Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre

Elin Wronzcki

Chief Adviser, Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights
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Gloria Simpson

Comités de Cuenca Río Sonora - Mexico
Representative of the seven communities that conforms the Rio Sonora Basin Committes (Comités de Cuenca Río Sonora, in spanish) affected by the toxic spill of the Buenavista del Cobre mine (owned by Grupo Mexico) in 2014. Woman, mother and human rights defender

Sergio Queiroz

Secretary for Global Protection, Brazil Family, Women and Human Rights Ministry

Adriana Mejia

Deputy Minister for Multilateral Relations, Ministry of External Relations of Colombia,
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Frank Tressler

Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Permanent Representative, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile
A Chilean carreer diplomat, appointed Ambassador of Chile to the United Nations in Geneva in October 2019. Former Director for Protocol for President Sebastian Piñera (2018-2019), and Director for the Directorate for International Security of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Chile... Read More →

Claudio Avruj

National Human Rights Secretary, Argentina

Jorge Luis Borrayo Reyes

Presidente, Comisión Presidencial Coordinadora de la Política del Ejecutivo en Materia de Derechos Humanos (COPREDEH), Gobierno de Guatemala

Wednesday November 27, 2019 10:30 - 13:00
Room XX