Here our Climate Change and Conflict Adviser Janani Vivekananda shares her thoughts on a recent trip to Rio, Brazil.
Hot on the heels of the Olympic flag, I found myself making the journey from London to Rio for a conference last week.
The purpose of this document is to give guidance to those interested in initiating or supporting a national‐level process to implement the Voluntary Principles on Security and Human Rights. The Fund for Peace (FfP) and International Alert (IA) have joined in this effort as two of the participant NGOs in the international‐level dialogue of the VPs, with funding from the Government of Norway and support from the Government of the Republic of Colombia, two of the governments formally involved in the process. This guidance note should not be viewed as overly prescriptive, as a national‐level process will invariably be different in each area.
With funding from the European Union, International Alert has been coordinating since 2010 the Red Andina project in Colombia, Peru and Ecuador. With the support of three local partners in each of the countries, the project is aimed at strengthening the capacities of civil society organisations to better understand and address conflict issues resulting from the presence of large companies, national and multinational, from the extractive and agribusiness sectors.
Today, more than ever, the business sector is recognized as an influential actor in the sustainable development of the areas where they operate. Additionally, they increasingly reflect on and take action around the impacts that generate conflict situations in the development of their business activities and vice versa, on the effects that their operations may have in the prevention, mitigation or exacerbation of conflicts. Colombian businesses are interested and engaged in these dynamics.
An adaptation of the tools and guides of Alert's 'Conflict-Sensitive Business Practice: Guidance for Extractive Industries', specifically tailored to and for use by the Colombian commercial reforestation industry.