22 November 2022
From 8 to 10 November, the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute participated in the II International Seminar on Strengthening Responsible Business Conduct for Human Rights at the sub-national level, which was held in the city of Medellin (Colombia).
The seminar was organised by the Alliance of Responsible Territories of Latin America and Europe (ATRAE), in which the Pedro Arrupe Human Rights Institute has participated since its constitution in Buenos Aires (Argentina) in December 2021. The Alliance is made up of a wide network of entities and representatives of sub-state governments in Colombia (Departments of Antioquia, Valle de Cauca and Cundinamarca) and Argentina (City of Buenos Aires and Provinces of Salta and San Juan). In addition, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), the Global Compact Network (Argentina) and the Technical Cooperation Office of Colombia of the Spanish Agency for Development Cooperation (AECID) are collaborating entities.
During the seminar in Medellin, ATRAE Alliance entities and representatives of other sub-state governments from Peru (Department of Ica), Argentina (Provinces of Chubut, Cordoba, Formosa, Jujuy, Mendoza and San Luis) and Colombia (Departments of Bolivar and Santander and the National Federation of Departments) participated. The meeting was also attended by the Business Manager of the Delegation of the Basque Government in Colombia, Chile and Venezuela.
The ATRAE Alliance aims to promote responsible business conduct through the development of public policies on human rights, business and sustainable development in sub-state entities in Latin America and Europe, with the participation of the business sector, civil society, communities and other rights-holders and interest groups. Based on this purpose, the II International Seminar of the Network in Medellin allowed entities to share experiences for the generation of knowledge and the implementation of action plans on business and human rights.
The Alliance is supported by the European Union's ADELANTE Programme, aimed at triangular cooperation and the promotion of horizontal relations between the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean and between these countries and Europe, in order to enhance the exchange of knowledge and take advantage of the capacity of all partners to provide solutions for sustainable development.