(New York 27 July 2006) - The UN Global Compact together with International Business Leaders Forum and local partner Fundación Ideas para la Paz, this week brought together senior leaders from business, government and civil society in Bogota to discuss the role that business can play in addressing the causes and consequences of armed conflict in Colombia.
The meeting coincided with the publication of the report Development, Peace and Human Rights in Colombia: A Business Agenda , which describes practical ways in which international and local business, civil society, unions, the Church, the UN system, bi-lateral agencies and the public sector in Colombia can collaborate to address vulnerable populations such as the internally displaced, and support the re-integration of ex-combatants into Colombian society. The report is primarily written for leaders and managers who run companies operating in Colombia.
The meeting produced a key outcome: based on the UN Global Compact's principles on human rights, a commitment was made by a number of companies to work together to explore the feasibility of a code of conduct that would help companies maintain the safety of their operations whilst ensuring that human rights are respected. Such a code would draw on the experience of the the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights.
For further information, please contact Jonas Moberg at the UN Global Compact Office (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Luis Ernesto Salinas, the Global Compact Focal Point in Bogota (email@example.com).