The Fisheries Committee for the West Central Gulf of Guinea (FCWC), represented by Fish Trade and Aquaculture Officer, Adekunle Adejolu, is participating in an African Experts Meeting on the contribution of human rights to sustainable development of fisheries and aquaculture, from 31st July to 1st August 2019 in Nairobi, Kenya.
The meeting is organized by the Danish Institute for Human Rights in collaboration with the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the Network of African National Human Rights Institutions (NANHRI) and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA). The purpose of the meeting is to ¬identify relevant existing platforms, networks, synergies, entry-points and actions for strengthening a human rights-based approach in the sustainable development of the aquaculture and fisheries sectors.
The meeting brings together key regional stakeholders and experts within the field of human rights, aquaculture and fisheries, including but not limited to: Ministries/Departments for fisheries and aquaculture, Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), trade unions, businesses and business associations, researchers, National Human Rights Institutions, as well as representatives of the AU, the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights (ACHPR), the FAO, the International Labour Organization (ILO), the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR).
Key outputs of the meeting include: identification of good practice, methodologies, challenges and opportunities for applying a human rights-based approach to the fisheries and aquaculture sectors in Africa, including by using the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights; and identification of topics and modalities for continued information-sharing and tentative joint action among key actors in the region.