The first regional public policy consultation (Regional Consultation) for Latin America and the Caribbean on the implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights was held on 2 and 3 March 2016 in Santiago, Chile. The Regional Consultation was part of the ongoing activities of the Working Group on the issue of human rights and transnational corporations and other business enterprises. Since its establishment in June 2011, the Working Group has called on all States to develop National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights (NAPs) to promote the adoption and implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.
The Working Group has developed Guidance on National Action Plans on Business and Human Rights. The Guidance was launched on 1 December 2014 at the Third Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva 1-3 December 2014. The Guidance was produced following an open, global, year-long consultative process that involved States, companies, civil society, national human rights institutions (NHRIs) and academia. An updated version of the Guidance was presented, following further consultation, including workshops in the Asian and African regions, at the Fourth Annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights, held in Geneva 16-18 November 2015.
The Regional Consultation was organized in cooperation with the Regional Office for South America of the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, and with the support of the Catholic University of Valparaiso in Chile. It was made possible through the financial support of the Governments of Switzerland, the Netherlands and Norway.
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