NANHRI gears up for Rwanda biennial conference and anniversary

A discussion going on during the 10th Biennial Conference.

More than 200 participants and guests are expected to grace the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions’ biennial conference and the 10th anniversary in Kigali, Rwanda, in November 2017.

The theme of the 11th Biennial Conference will be “A human rights-based approach to implementation of Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063the role of national Human Rights Institutions.

President Paul Kagame will officially open the conference, which is hosted by the National Commission for Human Rights of Rwanda, on November 8.

The President’s speech will pave the way for the two days discussions and presentations on the nexus between National Human Rights Institutions and the two development agendas- globe’s Agenda 2030 and Africa Union’s Agenda 2063.

Besides the members, development partners, human rights stakeholders, government and intergovernmental organisiations, non-governmental organisations, civil society organisations, among others are expected in these events.

“Development only makes sense when it integrates human rights components into the programmes targeting to better the lives of the people. The NHRIs have a central role to play in sustainable development. That is why we have organised this conference to identify the areas of partnership with development stakeholders,” NANHRI Executive Director Gilbert Sebihogo said.

After the presentations and discussions on November 8 and 9, NANHRI will welcome the participants into a gala dinner in celebration of 10 years anniversary.

The event will be taking stock of the milestones made in the 10 years as well as chatting the way forward in the next decade.

NANHRI was officially formed in Rwanda in 2007 after the 25 members, who attended the Sixth Biennial Conference, adopted the Constitution.

The main objective of the Network is to support the establishment and strengthening of African NHRIs besides promoting cooperation and coordination between and among members.

Over the decade, the membership has grown from 25 to 44.

With the help of partners, NANHRI has progressively built the capacity of the commissioners and the staff of members.

The Network has also linked the NHRIs to intergovernmental bodies like the African Union Commission the United Nations’ Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights, and treaty bodies, among others.

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