Nairobi, 13th – 15th May 2019: The International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), the Office of the Special Envoy of the UN Secretary General for the Great Lakes Region (O/SESG-GL), and the UN Office of the High Commissioner on Human Rights (OHCHR) held a High-Level Regional Conference on Justice and Good Governance from 13th – 15th May 2019, in Nairobi, Kenya. The conference consisted of two sequenced segments, namely a two-day technical-level consultation followed by a high-level ministerial consultation of the ICGLR Ministers of Justice.
The objective of the conference was to agree on priority actions to combat impunity and to uphold human rights to consolidate peace and stability in the Great Lakes region.
The conference brought together representatives from Ministries of Justice, Prosecutors, Regional Courts, Human Rights and Civil Society organizations, as well as from the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR), several United Nations bodies (Office of the Special Envoy for the Great Lakes region, OHCHR, UNDP, UNODC, UN Justice and Corrections Section Standing Capacity), the African Union, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) and members of the diplomatic community.
In addition to being a facilitator, Dr. Frank Okuthe-Oyugi, the Executive Director of the ICGLR’s Levy Mwanawasa Regional Centre (LMRC) made a presentation on ICGLR as a vehicle for combating impunity and promoting justice and human rights: achievements and challenges. He informed the participants that the Regional Centre is mandated to support implementation of ICGLR Pact and Protocols through promoting justice and human rights.
The outcome of the conference was a declaration including recommendations, timelines and benchmarks.