Colombia adopts Human Rights Policy for the mining and energy sector

Thursday, August 2, 2018

This press release from Colombia's Ministry of Mines and Energy was pubished using an automatic translation system.

The Minister of Mines and Energy, Germán Arce Zapata, signed the resolution that marks the Human Rights Policy of the Mining and Energy Sector and emphasized that with the adoption of this instrument, Colombia is the first country in the world with a sectoral policy that Commit to respect Human Rights in a strategic and sustained manner.

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" In addition to being the first, it also makes us more inclusive, since the policy contemplates the development of specific actions for groups of special constitutional protection, which guarantees the inclusion of the differential and gender approach in the conceived actions. Gender in such a 'masculine' sector is a clear message of equity, "Minister Arce said, presenting the content of the initiative at an event in the Alexandria Room of the Presidency of the Republic.

The presentation was accompanied by the Presidential Adviser for Human Rights, Paula Gaviria, the Presidents of the National Mining Agency and the National Hydrocarbons Agency; and the Director of the Energy Mining Planning Unit.

" We leave this Policy as a legacy, which is an opportunity for national and local entities, the private sector and communities to strengthen their dialogue processes, the generation of trust and relationships, " added the Minister of Mines and Energy, who invited guilds, social organizations and citizens to be guarantors and promoters of the application of the policy.

On the other hand, the Presidential Counselor for Human Rights, Paula Gaviria, acknowledged the strong commitment of the mining and energy sector by incorporating into its activities the prevention, protection and guarantee of human rights with a differential approach. In addition, counselor Gaviria presented the results and progress of the National Action Plan on Human Rights and Business, in which the Ministry of Mines and Energy has been a strategic ally and leader in its promotion and implementation.

The event was also attended by Alberto Brunori, representative of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Colombia, as well as members of the Plan's Advisory Commission, which has the participation of indigenous leaders, Afro-descendants, trade unionists, trade unions, academics, Human Rights and the international community.

On the Sectoral Policy on Human Rights of the Energy Mining Sector

The Policy will create a framework for the sector to strengthen its contribution in the prevention, promotion, protection and guarantee of Human Rights, through the following guidelines:

  • Inter-institutional and intersectoral articulation for the planning and execution of the actions of the mining and energy sector that contribute to the construction of peace.
  • Contribution to regional economic sustainability, employability, training for employment and reduction of poverty and inequality.
  • Transformation of social conflict through constructive relationship between energy mining companies and communities.
  • Management of knowledge, culture and training processes in Human Rights in the value chain of the energy mining sector.
  • Transparency as a factor of competitiveness in the energy mining sector, regionally and nationally.