Delegates from around the world meet in Kigali for 11th Biennial Conference

The National Commission for Human Rights of Rwanda hosted the NANHRI 11th Biennial Conference held at Kigali from 7-9 November 2017. The theme of the conference was “A Human Rights based Approach to the Implementation of Agenda 2030 and Agenda 2063- the Role of National Human Rights Institutions.” The conference was preceded by the General Assembly that took place on 7 November 20117 and brought together Chairpersons and representatives from 44 NANHRI members. During the General assembly, participants discussed why they should uphold their obligations.

 

The General Assembly was forwarded by the NANHRI 11th Biennial Conference that was held from 8-9 November 2017. The UN adopted the Sustainable Development Goals during its 70th General Assembly and called for an intense global engagement bringing together Governments, National Human Rights Institutions, Civil Society Organisations, Private Sector, UN System and other actors to support the implementation of Agenda 2030.

In her opening remarks, the Chairperson of National Commission for Human Rights of Rwanda, Ms. NIRERE Madeleine, said that the two agendas seek to realize the human rights for all with a core commitment of ? not leaving any one behind?. They are universal, and applied to all countries regardless of the level of development. She added that the participation of NHRIs requires a tripartite collaboration between the States (Governments), CSOs and NHRIs in order to achieve all 17 goals and 169 targets of the SDGs and commitments from the 2063 Agenda.

As duty bears, the States are the main implementers of both Agenda which exactly reaffirm the respect for civil, political, socio-economic and cultural rights and NHRIs should play an important role in ensuring that SDGs are human rights based-approach.

Opening officially the conference, the Minister of Justice and Attorney General, Mr. Busingye Johnson was pleased that the conference brought together key stakeholders whose collaboration is necessary for a review of the mandate of the National Human Rights Institutions. He added that the gathering was uniquely placed to contribute to the national implementation processes of the Sustainable Development Goals which, in turn, should lead to the transformation of millions of lives.

The Minister commended the work of the Network of the African National Human Rights Institutions and National Commission for Human Rights and that overall objective of National Human Rights Institutions conference is to contribute to the realization of socio-economic rights covered by the 2030 Agenda, the Sustainable Development Goals and Africa’s Agenda 2063 through effective participation of African National Human Rights Institutions and Development.

The 2030 Agenda, based on 17 goals and 169 targets, is ambitious, but human rights-based approach to its realization cannot be achieved without concurrent progress in economic growth, social development and ecological sustainability among others.

The Minister recalled that Agenda 2030 and 2063's success depends on the integration into national development plans of countries and their effective implementation, follow up and review. He commended the SDG Centre for Africa for leading the way, in the search for innovative solutions to the development challenges Africa faces.

In 2007 was founded the NANHRI after the Sixth Biennial Conference in Kigali after 25 members adopted the Constitution. The NHRI of Kenya, the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, has been hosting the Secretariat since 2007. The membership has since grown to 44.