3rd Annual Symposium on Business and Human Rights (2021)

3rd Annual Symposium on Business and Human Rights, under the theme: “partnership for effective implementation of the national action plan on business and human rights in Uganda”, slated for November 10, 2021 at Sheraton Hotel Kampala & partly online through Satellite Symposia for CSOs participants from the Albertine and Karamoja sub regions.

The symposia bench marks the adoption of the Uganda National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights (NAP B&HR) in August 2021, Uganda becoming the 1st African Country to do so. The NAP provides a set of aspirations that have been agreed upon through an annual consultative process aimed at guiding both state and non-state actors and reminding them of their roles in advancing respect for human rights by businesses. The Goal of the NAPBHR is towards the elimination of human rights violations and abuses while undertaking business activities by any person or entity.

For this year’s Symposium, ASF in conjunction with Resource Rights Africa (RRA) is playing a key role in organising the Symposium, which is intended to mark a great milestone in the operationalization of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights in Uganda through the National Action Plan on Business and Human Rights for Uganda.

The symposium is a national level space pivotal for ASF and her partners including grassroots organisations working with ASF to showcase and influence discussions on Business and Human Rights using findings from the Community Based Monitoring methodology (CBM) currently deployed across Karamoja and Bunyoro sub regions. Moreover, ASF’s Natural Resources Governance strategy and current projects supported by the EU and DGD are anchored on the principles enunciated in the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights.

ASF and its Partner ANARDE will make a Presentation of preliminary findings from Community Based Monitoring (CBM) of the Impact of the Extractives Industry on Human Rights in Bunyoro and Karamoja Region. Additionally, ASF partner grassroots CSOs and monitors in both Bunyoro and Karamoja will also voice out issues concerning B&HR from their experiences to enrich the symposia.

Objectives and expected outputs of the Symposium

The primary objective of this activity is to provide ASF and her key partners (specifically the CSO actors in the Albertine and Karamoja sub region who implement the CBM approach) with space to reflect on the opportunities presented by the adoption of the NAPBHR by Government of Uganda. It is expected that the recommendations made during the symposium will generate actions and learning for all actors to pave way for roadmap to contribute to good governance in the extractives sector. Preliminary findings of the CBM will be used to engage duty-bearers to invite them to think through identified issues for action.

Output

(i) Dissemination of key findings from the monitoring in Bunyoro and Karamoja sub-regions towards engagement of national stakeholders in joint advocacy and solution finding

(ii) Reflect on the effects of the adoption of the NAPBHR by the Government of Uganda

(iii) Develop recommendations to present to local and central authorities/companies and determine the tools to disseminate these

Practical Information

Date: 10th of November 2021

Time: 8 AM – 5 PM

Location: Sheraton Hotel Kampala

Online participation: zoom link

 

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