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Regional GC Centre for Latin America and the Caribbean to be Established in Bogotá

(New York, 12 February 2007)—On 6 February 2007, the Republic of Colombia’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs. Maria Consuelo Araujo, accepted the designation of Colombia as the seat of the Latin American and Caribbean Centre in support of the UN Global Compact. The ceremony was attended by the diplomatic representations accredited in Colombia, leading members of National Association of Colombian Employers (ANDI) and 70 executives of companies participating in the UN Global Compact.

Mr. Guillermo Carey, member of the UN Global Compact Board, and Dr. Manuel Escudero, Head of GC Networks, thanked the Colombian Government and ANDI for their initiative and support in locating the centre in Colombia.

Dr. Manuel Escudero and Minister Araujo

According to Dr. Escudero, the Centre will serve three main purposes: first, as a regional platform for outreach to countries where the UN Global Compact still does not have a GC Network; second, for the consolidation, sustainability and capacity-building of existing Networks in the region; and, finally, for inspiring and enhancing collective action on the objectives of the UN Global Compact at the regional level. The Centre will also be a point of convergence, open to the new trends and initiatives in the region.

The Centre is the result of the outstanding dynamism and natural drive towards regionalization experienced by GC Local Networks in Latin America and the Caribbean. In that respect, it will have a strong link to national governing bodies of GC Networks, their activities and engaged companies. The Centre will have also a Founders Committee with the participation of key stakeholders and donors.

It is expected that the Centre will be fully operational by September 2007.

Contact: Manuel Escudero, escuderom@un.org