Opening – Introductory statements


Welcoming Remarks, Philippe Jahshan, Director of Strategy, Foreseight and Institutional Relations, AFD

Opening Address : Delphine Borione, Ambassador for Human Rights, France


Moderator: Yacouba Kébé, journalist, Arc-en-ciel

  • Michelle Bachelet, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, video message 
  • Chiara Adamo, Directorate “Human Development, Migration, Governance, Peace and Security”, European Commission
  • Florence Laufer, Vice-President of the Human Rights Platform and Director of Prison Insider
  • Ahmed Galai, Peace Nobel Prize, Solidarité Laïque Tunisia
Session 1: Human Rights and Development: Challenges and Perspectives


Moderator: Yacouba Kébé, journalist, Arc-en-ciel

  • Human Rights: what is at stake for Emerging and Developing Countries?
    • Achille Mbembe, Professor, University of the Witwatersrand, Member of the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research,
  • Human Rights: what are the Challenges for Development Actors?
    • Alexandra Meierhans, Programme Manager of the Global Programme on Rule of Law and Human Rights, UNDP 
  • Human Rights, Inequalities and Social Justice: what Convergence for Sustainable Development?
    • Olivier de Schutter, University of Louvain, UN Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights
Session 2: Human Rights, Public Policies and Civil Society


Moderator: Yacouba Kébé, journalist, Arc-en-ciel

  • Key note: Civil Society, Human Rights and Development: Role, Assessment, Challenges, Threats and Solutions
    • Alice Mogwe, President of the International Federation for Human Rights (FIDH)
  • National Human Rights Institutions and States Accountability
    • Amina Bouayach, President of the National Human Rights Council of Morocco
  • Civil registration, Rights if the Child: the Ghost Children Case
    • André Franck Ahoyo, Delegate General of « Urgence Identité Afrique »
  • Open Government: civil society participation to the drafting and monitoring of public policies
    • Cheick Mbaye Fall, Organisation Advisor, General Secretariat of the Presidency of the Senegalese Republic 
  • Media, Protection of Journalists, Information Processing
    • Rituparna Chatterjee, journalist Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
Session 3: Due Diligence: What Achievements? What Room for Improvement? What Ambitions?


Moderator: Elin Wrzoncki, Department Director Human Rights and Business, Danish Institute for Human Rights

  • Key note: Due Diligence : State of Play of Current Issues and Perspectives
    • Axel Marx, Deputy Director at the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies, KULeuven
  • Human rights and Development Financial Institutions: A Testimony of the Experience of an European Development Financial Institution 
    • Kristin Sjöblom, Senior Manager ESG Affairs, SwedFund
  • The role of Parliaments: what North/South collaboration to guarantee and implement the duty of vigilance?
    • Dominique Potier, Member of the Parliament, France
  • Preventing discriminations based on sexual orientation and gender identity
    • Clifton Cortez, Global Adviser on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, World Bank
  • The role of civil society
    • Anaïs Schill, in charge of Business and Human Rights Advisor at the National Consultative Commission on Human Rights (CNCDH), member of AFCNDH - member organization of the Human Rights Platform
Session 4: Human rights and Just Transition


Moderator: Yacouba Kébé, journalist, Arc-en-ciel

  • Key note: Respect, Promotion and Defense of Human Rights in the face of Ecological Challenges (Climate, Environment, Biodiversity)
    • Valérie Cabanes, International Lawyer, Essayist
  • Safeguarding the Human rights of persons belonging to Indigenous Communities
    • Francisco Von Hildebrand, CEO, Gaia Amazonas
  • Human mobility in the context of climate change
    • Felix Ries, Advisor, Global Program Human Mobility in the Context of Climate Change, GIZ and a local partner in Fiji
  • What social and financial protection to ensure the human rights of victims of environmental and climate disasters?
    • Laurène Séca, AFD
Closing Ceremony


Moderator: Yacouba Kébé, journalist, Arc-en-ciel

  • Iara Pietricovsky de Oliveira, President of FORUS
  • Rémy Rioux, CEO of AFD

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