The European Parliament, the Regional Center for the Support of Global Compact in Latin America and the Caribbean, the Spanish Agency for International Development Cooperation (AECID), and ZABALA Innovation Consulting, collaborate in the Public Hearing: "European companies in indigenous territories of Latin America: from conflict to understanding through Prior Consultation", which will take place on Thursday, 9 February, from 9:00 to 12:00 h, at the European Parliament in Brussels. View full Agenda.
The event will aim to bring together public authorities, companies and representatives of indigenous communities and highlight the importance of implementing the processes of prior consultation as a guarantee of non-conflictive business activity in indigenous territories of Latin America.
It will include presentations by indigenous representatives participating in United Nations agencies, industry representatives and European experts in the field, in addition to the presentations of MEPs. Ramón Jáuregui (chair of Delegation to the Euro-Latin American Parliamentary Assembly) and Beatriz Becerra (vice-chair Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament) will host the event. A Q&A session shall follow the presentations to engage the audience and enrich the debate.
Prior Consultation is an international legal instrument that prevents conflicts, establishes normative frameworks and long-term public policies, strengthens the presence and capacity of states for inclusive governance, enhances the role of national human rights bodies, and prioritizes dialogue. It also promotes, among others, the right of indigenous peoples to transparent information, the preservation of their cultural identity. Moreover, the Prior Consultation allows companies to increase the participation of indigenous peoples in their activities and increases the area of influence of their projects, ensuring legality and respect for the rights of affected communities.”
Mikel Berraondo, Director of Social Innovation at ZABALA and an expert in Human Rights and Indigenous Communities, highlights that more and more countries and companies in Latin America are now prioriziting the use of Prior Consultation to solve conflicts.
Please confirm your attendance at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (+32) (0) 2 513 81 22 (att Leire Martiarena) and do not hesitate to contact us for any additional information.