NAP Development Process
In 2017, the Presidential Commission on the Coordination of Human Rights Policy for the Executive (Comisión Presidencial Coordinadora de la Política del Ejecutivo en materia de Derechos Humanos, COPREDEH) invited international expert organisations to submit proposals on providing technical support aimed at developing the country’s first NAP. However, this initiative and previous efforts led by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, stalled, partly as a result of changes in the institutions and individuals responsible for coordinating the NAP. High levels of polarisation and mistrust between stakeholder groups in Guatemala has also contributed to delays in starting a NAP process.
At the 6th Regional Latin American and Caribbean Forum on Business and Human Regions in 2021, the Guatemalan Presidential Commission for Human Rights & Peace (COPADEH) committed to start a National Baseline Assessment on Business and Human Rights (NBA) as part of the effort to create a NAP.
National Baseline Assessment (NBA)
• Published in 2017 and available here.
• Developed as an independent initiative to further UNGP implementation. An inaugural BHR NAP has not been developed in Guatemala as of February 2023.
• Conducted and funded by civil society organisations: La Unidad de Protección a Defensoras y Defensores de Derechos Humanos of Guatemala (UDEFEGUA) and ICAR.
• Utilised the DIHR/ ICAR National Baseline Assessment Template. Based on desktop research and stakeholder interviews.