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  • Action point 1.1 (p. 10):

“The Working Group on Business and Human Rights2 will be responsible for monitoring advance and progress of the Plan implementation. For such purpose, its regulation will be issued, the frequency of its meetings will be defined, and an operational plan will be implemented, which will determine its activities annually defining the subject approach and the regulation compliance within the priority areas for this plan. This group will include the Post-Conflict Directorate. The Working Group on Business and Human Rights has been created –in the Context of the Subsystem for Economic, Social, Cultural and Environmental Rights (DESCA) of the National Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law System– as an inter-institutional entity charged with the coordination of entities to work on this matter. This Working Group is formed by: the Department for Social Welfare; the National Department for Planning; the Ministry of the Interior; the Ministry of Education; the Ministry of Culture; the Ministry of Labor; the Ministry of the Environment; the Ministry of Agriculture; the Ministry of Commerce; the Ministry of Mines; the Ministry of Finances; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Health; the Ministry of Transportation; the Ministry of Housing; SENA; Coldeportes; Colciencias. And, the Ombudsman’s Office; the Treasury Inspector’s Office of the Republic; and the Attorney General’s Office of the Country, as permanent guest members. With the Office of the Technical Secretary of the Council to the President for Human Rights.”

  • Action point 1.3 (p. 10-11):

“Upon the Plan being launched, the Expert Committee will be created, which will be formed as follows:

a. One representative elected by the national native organizations.

b. One representative elected by the national afro-descendent organizations.

c. One representative elected by the National Confederation of NGOs.

d. One representative elected by the confederations of workers’ unions.

e. One representative elected by the Colombian Association of Universities.

f. Two representatives elected by the National Trade Council, one of whom must be a delegate of the enterprises and the other one a delegate of the trades.

g. One representative elected by the Ombudsman’s Office.

h. One representative of the current multi-actor initiatives on the business and human rights in the country.

i. One representative of the multi-lateral entities developing business and human rights related activities.

j. One representative appointed by the International Community.

This Expert Committee will operate as an advisory entity for the Working Group and will guide the actions on the implementation of this Plan.”

  • Action point 1.4 (p. 11):

 “The Working Group, in alliance with the Administrative Department of the Public Function, and/or universities or study centers, will develop a training module about the international standards on business and human rights and the actions contained in this Plan, which will be addressed to government servants in the national and territory entities.”

  • Action point 1.5 (p. 11):

“Each entity part of the Working Group, according to their operational plan, will define their training plan on this matter and will encourage the learning management in order to guarantee the continuation of the execution of the actions of this Plan. The inter-institutional training processes will be promoted for a better understanding of this matter in its various aspects; thus, the national entities will manage, together with their peers in other countries with the Colombia based embassies, the relevant tools as may be required. This action will begin upon the formalization of the Working Group and during the implementation of this Plan, responding to gradual and progress principles.”

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