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Wednesday, November 27 • 11:40 - 13:00
Regional dialogue: lessons learned, challenges, innovation - Africa

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Session organized by the Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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Brief Description
This Forum session is part of the Forum track on trends and challenges in promoting business respect for human rights in the context of each region of the world. Building on the sessions on government action on the Forum’s first day, the region focused discussions aim to take a closer look at how to overcome key business-related human rights challenges faced in African and lessons learned from emerging government, business and civil society initiatives.

Objectives of the session
The session will address initiatives to implement the UN Guiding Principles (UNGPs) and will explore challenges and lessons learned on how States and businesses are discharging their respective duties and responsibilities across the three pillars of the “Protect, Respect and Remedy” Framework of the UNGPs.

This includes initiatives taken by States to protect against business-related human rights abuses through regulation, efforts to include policy coherence such as through national action plan development, multi-stakeholder platforms, and in the State’s roles as an economic actor. Discussions will also address how businesses identify, prevent, mitigate and account for the negative human rights impacts they may cause. The session will also address the role of regional organizations in taking meaningful action to use their leverage to encourage companies and governments to respect and protect human rights in line with the UNGPs.

The overall aim is to facilitate multi-stakeholder dialogue on trends, challenges, lessons learned and ways forward. A key question for all stakeholders to consider: are we making progress and can a shared vision for the way ahead be developed?

Format of the session
The session is chaired by the Vice Chair of the UN Working Group, Githu Muigai
Representatives from different stakeholder groups will kick start the conversation by reflecting on challenges, emerging and ongoing activities to implement the UNGPs in different countries of the region, and ways forward.
Presentations will be followed by Q&A and open discussion.

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Githu Muigai

Vice-Chairperson, UN Working Group on Business and Human Rights

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Guillain Koko

Project coordinator, ACCA, Centre for Human Rights, University of Pretoria
Guillain Koko is a Social Justice activist and Human rights Lawyer, with particular experience/expertise in Business and Human Rights.He is the project coordinator of the African Coalition for Corporate Accountability (ACCA). He holds a Law Degree (LLB) in Public Law, from the Catholic... Read More →

Maryann Njau

Senior Deputy Solicitor General, Office of the Attorney General and Department of Justice, Kenya
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John Gbodi

Senior Policy Officer, African Union Commission (AUC)

Rose Auma Omamo

National chair and executive board member, Central Organization of Trade Unions Kenya - COTU ( K)
Rose Omamo . National Chairlady for Central Organization of Trade Unionist Kenya A Trade Unionist advocating for Workers rights and Gender champions
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Mohamed Shafie Ameermia

LLM Student, University of York
Sharan Burrow is General Secretary of the International Trade Union Confederation, representing 200 million workers in 163 countries and territories with 332 national affiliates. Previously President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) from 2000 – 2010, Sharan is a... Read More →

Wednesday November 27, 2019 11:40 - 13:00 CET