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Vice-minister of Participation and Equal Rights Carlos Alberto Baena López

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With an extensive political experience as well as an extensive academic career that earned him the recognition of a solid leadership in the country, he assumed as Vice Minister of Participation and Equality of Law, the former Quindian congressman and former president of the Independent Movement of Absolute Renewal (MIRA), Carlos Alberto Baena López.

He is a lawyer from the Externado de Colombia University, specializing in Tax Management from this same institution; MBA in public management from the Universidad de Los Andes, where he also completed High Studies both in Negotiation and in High Government. It also has a Master in Urban Management from the Piloto University.

In the political sphere, he was co-founder in 2000 of the MIRA Political Movement, of which he was its president and, on whose behalf, he was elected councilor of Bogotá and senator of the Republic. For his performance in the District Council of the Colombian capital between 2001 and 2009, he was rated five times as the "Best Councilman in Bogotá", in the evaluation carried out by the How We Go Council program.

On his way through the Congress of the Republic in the period 2010-2014, he proposed and promoted a law to penalize in Colombia all forms of discrimination, including that exercised for having a different sexual option. He has also been an advocate for the rights of Afro-Colombian communities, women, and youth.

For his active role as a parliamentarian, he was distinguished among the ten best congressmen in the country by the firm Cifras y Conceptos.

His political activity has also alternated with social research, which has led him to be a press columnist and author of books and essays such as: The Balanced Score Card, as a strategic planning tool; Environmental Toxicology: effects of environmental pollutants on human health.

As Vice Minister of Labor Relations and Inspection of the Ministry of Labor, he strengthened and energized relations between the government, employers and workers.

With this extensive professional, political and academic career, Carlos Alberto Baena takes on the challenge of leading the Vice-Ministry for Participation and Equality of Law.

Duties of the Viceministry’s Office of Participation and Equal Rights.

  • To support and assist the Ministry in the design, analysis, promotion and tracking of legislative acts drafts and laws with the National Congress, mainly in its matters of competence.
  • To lead the formulation, adoption and monitoring of the Ministry’s public policies, specifically those related to political issues, fundamental rights and liberties, citizen participation, ethnic affairs, LGBTI population affairs, vulnerable population affairs, and the coordination of the entity’s mission management control.
  • To permanently assess and comply with the execution of the international commitments regarding Human rights and International Humanitarian Right.
  • To support the elaboration of the strategic planning of the Administrative Sector in its matters of competence.
  • To assist the Minister as a liason, communication and coordination between the Executive Branch and the Legislative Branch, in its matters of competence, notwithstanding the functions of the Vice-minister of Political Relations.
  • To coordinate and track the activities of the Ministry’s directorate offices ascribed thereto, to guarantee full compliance of its functions and the Ministry’s plans, programs and projects.
  • To support the administration of the Fund for the Participation and the Strengthening of the Democracy, in furtherance of its legal provisions.
  • To support the development and maintenance of the Institutional Management Integrated System and the compliance with its recommendations within its scope of competence.
  • To guide the attainment of the supplementary resources to manage its programs, and those of its mission areas.
  • To attend the requests and enquiries regarding its matters of competence.
  • Any other responsabilities assigned which may pertain to the nature of the office.