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Wednesday, December 1 • 11:50am - 1:00pm
Africa Region: Progress over the next decade of implementing the UNGPs - Regional trends and dialogue

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Session organized by the UN Working Group on business and human rights and OHCHR

Interpretation will be available in English, French and Spanish

Brief description of the session:
As 2021 marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Guiding Principles on business and human rights (UNGPs), the Forum will look back at achievements and challenges of the first decade of implementation. This year’s Forum will also look ahead to the next decade and discuss ways forward for addressing major current challenges and seizing opportunities for realizing wider and more comprehensive implementation of the UNGPs by all States and businesses.
As part of the regionally focused dialogues of the Forum, this session will focus on how to realize the “UNGPs 10+ roadmap” recommendations in the African region. It will provide an additional opportunity for States to share their own commitments and plans for scaling up action to implement the UNGPs over the next decade, in an exchange with other relevant stakeholders.
In the last 10 years, UNGPs implementation efforts have been uneven across regions. For the next decade, a lot more attention and action will be needed in all regions, including Africa. Allocation of financial resources to support implementation efforts, including a significant increase in capacity-building, political will and opportunities for peer learning, have been identified as key aspects for the road ahead for the continent to develop a more sustainable path forward, that balances the great opportunities offered by the abundant natural resources and need for investments that respect people and environment. This session will discuss current challenges and what is required to address them in the next 10 years of action. Discussions on the way forward will build on recent actions and initiatives taken by various stakeholders aiming to develop effective regulatory frameworks to strengthen prevention of business-related abuses and to ensure accountability for harm caused. This includes initiatives by the African Union, African governments, business and civil society.

Key objectives of the session: 
The session aims to:
  • How to realize the “UNGPs 10+ roadmap” recommendations in the Africa region
  • Consider the role of the African Union, including its Policy on Business and Human Right in taking meaningful action to promote responsible business conduct by States and businesses in line with the UNGPs in the next decade;
  • Share good practices and learn from the experience of ongoing efforts led by governments, business, civil society and other actors aimed at advancing implementation of the UNGPs in  Africa;
  • Discuss how to build on these initiatives to move forward in the next decade of implementation of the UNGPs.

Key questions:
  • Where do gaps and challenges remain in the region? What has not worked to date?
  • What are the key obstacles, drivers, and priorities that need to be addressed to achieve fuller realisation of the UNGPs in Africa?
  • What can be learned from the progress made, in order to find further solutions for advancing implementation of the UNGPs in Africa in the next 10 years?

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Githu Muigai

member, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights
Mr. Githu Muigai is current Professor of Public Law, Department of Public Law, University of Nairobi; Chairman at the Council of Legal Education in Kenya; and Senior Partner, Mohammed & Muigai Advocates. He previously served as a Commissioner with the former Constitution of Kenya... Read More →

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Roselyn Akombe

Head - Governance and Peacebuilding, UNDP Regional Bureau for Africa, UNDP
Dr. Roselyn Akombe is the Regional Governance and Peacebuilding Coordinator at the UNDP Regional Service Center for Africa in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. With over twenty years of leadership experience at the national, regional and international levels, Dr. Akombe previously worked for... Read More →
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Belkacem Lounes

Member and coordinator of WGIP of African Commission on Human and Peoples’s Rights, Working Group on indigenous peoples of ACHPR
Belkacem Lounes is Doctor and Professor of Economics, author of numerous reports and press articles on human rights and particularly on IPs' rights, member of the Amazigh World Congress, former member of UN Emrip
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John Ikubaje

Political Officer, African Union Commission (AUC)
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Yassine Skandrani

Advisor to the Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia in charge of Fisheries and Aquaculture
Following his university studies at the National Agronomic Institute of Tunis in aquatic production and ecosystems, Mr. Yassine Skandrani worked as a teacher-researcher at the Higher Institute of Fisheries and Aquaculture in Bizerte (Tunisia). He was a coordinator and consultant for... Read More →
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Jovina Jovita Muchunguzi

Principal Investigation Officer, CHRAGG Tanzania
Principal investigation Officer with 15 years of experience in human rights at the Commission for Human Rights and Good Governance (CHRAGG).CHRAGG’s Focal Point on Business & Human Rights and Environmental ProtectionAn experienced business and human rights practitioner, specialized... Read More →
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Fanilo Rakotovao

Impact Social Director, Axian Group
Ms Fanilo Rakotovao, has been the Social Impact Director of the Axian group for two and a half years. With a Master2 in Marketing and Management, she has more than twenty years of experience in the private sector, including more than eight years in a management position. She spent... Read More →
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Abiodun Baiyewu

Executive Director / Co-Chair, Global Rights / African Coalition for Corporate Accountability

Wednesday December 1, 2021 11:50am - 1:00pm CET
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