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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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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 Cantú Rivera

Director, Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas, Universidad de Monterrey (UDEM)
Humberto Cantú Rivera es Profesor titular de la Facultad de Derecho y Ciencias Sociales de la Universidad de Monterrey, y Director de su Instituto de Derechos Humanos y Empresas. Es Doctor en Derecho por la Universidad de París 2 Panthéon-Assas, dirige la Academia Latinoamericana... Read More →


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

RBC LAC project Coordinator for OHCHR, Sustainable Human Development Section, Special Procedure Branch, OHCHR
I dedicate my professional and personal efforts to support the unstoppable process towards sustainability, the ESG approach able to create value for both business and society. This global shift is transforming companies that guide our economies, and changing the way we invest: let's... Read More →

Annie van Klaveren

Specialist, Organizacion Internacional del Trabajo
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Luis Rodriguez-Pinero

Oficial de Derechos Humanos, OHCHR
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Froukje Boele

Jefa de Politicas Publicas, Centro de CER de la OCDE
Froukje Boele es Jefa de Políticas Públicas del Centro para la Conducta Empresarial Responsable en la Organización para la Cooperación y Desarrollo Económicos (OCDE). En este cargo, trabaja con gobiernos, empresas y la sociedad civil para implementar las Líneas Directrices de... 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

Andrés Hernández

Gerente de Proyectos Internacionales, Centro Vincular - PUCV
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 enterprisesRBC Due diligence
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Julia Cuadros

Directora Ejecutiva, CooperAcción
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 Oyarzún

Co-coordinador, Plataforma Chilena de Sociedad Civil sobre Derechos Humanos y Empresas
Magister en derecho en la Universidad de British Columbia, Canadá. Fundador del Observatorio de Derechos de los Pueblos Indígenas (hoy Observatorio Ciudadano), ONG de promoción de derechos humanos. Fue Consejero del Instituto Nacional de Derechos Humanos entre 2013 y 2019. Es autor... Read More →
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Mauricio Lazala

Deputy Director, Business & Human Rights Resource Centre
Mauricio Lazala, Deputy Director & Head of Europe Office (based in Frankfurt)Mauricio joined the Resource Centre in 2006. Until his appointment as Deputy Director in Feb. 2011 he served as Senior Researcher and Head of Latin America & Middle East. As part of the senior management... Read More →
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Elin Wrzoncki

Department Director, Human Rights and Business, Instituto Danés de Derechos Humanos
Director of Human rights & Business Department at the Danish Institute for Human Rights, Denmark's National Human Rights institution (NHRI). The DIHR works with a variety of actors, including state actors, financial institutions and others to advance implementation of the UNGPs. In... Read More →
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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

Nancy Gutierrez

Presidential Counsellor for Human Rights  and International Affairs, 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
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Jorge Luis Borrayo Reyes

Presidente, Misión Permanente de Guatemala ante ONU Ginebra

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