10 December 2021 from 09:00 to 18:00 CET

AFD Group invites you to participate in a conference dedicated to human rights and development. First international event to bring together such a wide range of development actors to discuss these issues, it will provide an opportunity to collectively set out the current framework and challenges in this area, as well as to review the main lessons learned and good practices identified in terms of integrating the human rights-based approach to development (HRBA).



On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, France adopted a new "Human Rights and Development" strategy in 2018, in which it reaffirmed the inseparable link between achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and realizing human rights for all. As a further step, it has committed to integrating a human rights-based approach to development (HRBA) through the law adopted in 2021 on inclusive development and the fight against global inequalities. It considers that the HRBA is applicable to all development projects and programs, regardless of sector. AFD Group actively participated in the design of the French strategy and now intends to play a leading role in its implementation.

We are currently witnessing an unprecedented worldwide decline in human rights. The principle of universality is increasingly challenged and there is a growing erosion of the rule of law and democracies. Faced with the challenges raised by this situation, the community of development stakeholders, in all its diversity, has an essential role to play:

  • Aligning its action with the SDGs. This implies, in a transversal way, the integration of a human rights-based approach in its operating methods.
  • Engage a multitude of actors in the North and South - partner States, development banks, technical cooperation agencies, the private sector, civil society organizations, and research institutions, among others - in the same direction, in order to optimize the chances of achieving the 2030 Agenda and advancing human rights.

Conceived as the first step of a series of meetings of actors committed to the promotion of the HRBA, the conference will also be an opportunity to encourage networking among participants and to agree on common proposals for action.


9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Opening – Introductory statements
10:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Session 1: Human Rights and Development: Challenges and Perspectives
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Session 2: Human Rights, Public Policies and Civil Society
2:00 PM - 3:30 PM
Session 3: Due Diligence: What Achievements? What Room for Improvement? What Ambitions?
3:45 PM - 5:30 PM
Session 4: Human rights and Just Transition
5:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Closing Ceremony


Practical info 

Subject to the evolution of health conditions, the event will be held in a hybrid format, both in-person (subject to having a health pass) and by videoconference, in AFD's auditorium Mistral, in Paris.

Considering the current health situation, be aware that to participate in-person to the conference, you will be required to present a health pass via QR code proving that you have either been vaccinated against COVID-19, received a negative test result or recovered from COVID-19. Participants will be required to wear a mask.



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