Local Networks in the Americas Convene

(Mexico City) – The Global Compact Local Networks in the Americas convened on 10-11 November for a Regional Meeting in Mexico City, following the Latin America and Caribbean Global Compact Business Forum on 9 November.

The Regional Meeting was attended by more than 30 representatives from the Regional Center for the Support of the Global Compact in Latin America and Caribbean and 11 Local Networks: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and the United States.

During the meeting Local Networks demonstrated their wide range of activities, from outreach through social media to facilitation of collective action and policy dialogue. Participants discussed preparations for the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), learned about recent activities of the Global Compact Office and identified specific challenges for the region. The meeting also addressed the importance of collective action and policy dialogue to strengthen the role of Local Networks as national sustainability hubs.

In advance of Rio+20, the Local Networks will organize events regionally and in collaboration with other stakeholders for the Corporate Sustainability Forum.

In coordination with the Regional Meeting, a training session on the Communication on Progress and the Global Compact Management Model was held for nearly 60 business participants and Local Network staff. The training focused on implementing the Global Compact tenth principle against corruption. Examples were drawn from the Global Compact Guidance Material on anti-corruption, in particular the Reporting Guidance on Anti-Corruption developed in partnership with Transparency International.


Javier Bolanos
Regional Network Manager – Latin America and Caribbean
UN Global Compact