GGCN regional advocacy meeting
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Participants

Agenda: day 1, June 7

9.00 - 9.30:
Welcome: Kindly register yourself

9.30 - 10.15: Opening speech
Catherine Dupe Atoki
Chairperson, African Commission on Human and Peoples Rights Special Rapporteur on Natural Resources and Human Rights

10.30 -13.00:
Natural Resources, Participatory Democracy and Human Rights: National and Regional Overviews
Moderated by: Dr. Chidi A. Odinkalu
Africa Programme Director, Open Society Justice Initiative

First-hand accounts: Roundtable discussion with input from all participants from Gulf of Guinea countries

13.00 - 14.30: lunch

14.30 - 16.00:
Understanding the LNG Industry and Energy Security in the Gulf of Guinea:
Asume Isaac Osuoka
Executif Director,
Social Action

We examine the patterns of exploitation of energy resources principally for export purposes in the face of limited access at the national level in African countries. This will constitute the basis for national and sub-regional advocacy for improved local energy access in concerned Gulf of Guinea countries.

16.00 - 17.30: Whose land and whose resources is it anyway?
ADRA (TBC)
Angola
Other ADRA (TBC)

We look at the persistent trend in land and border disputes in Africa, and how the presence of natural resources affects land distribution in the Gulf of Guinea issues will include land distribution at the national level, maritime boundaries delimitation and the new land grabbing by foreign powers for large agricultural investments.

Agenda day 2, June 8

9.00 - 11.00:
Natural Resources Exploitation, Revenue and Human Rights: the governance, transparency and accountability question
Ken Hurwitz
Senior Legal Officer
Open Society Justice Initiative, New York.
Ene Enonche,
Executive Director,
R2K Nigeria, Abuja - Nigeria

We look at issues of governance, corruption in the management of natural resources and the role and responsibility of the State (from the negotiation of contracts, to corporate social responsibility). We discuss the impact of these on the ability for communities and citizens in general to benefit from revenue accruing from the exploitation of natural resources, and assert their entitlement to participate in the management of national natural resources.

11.00 - 11.15: Break

11.15 - 12.15:
A regional Perspective to sustainable management of natural resources, equity and security
Presentations by representatives of regional and sub-regional mechanisms
ECCAS - ECOWAS - Gulf of Guinea Commission
We believe that regional integration provides an often unexploited opportunity for cohesive natural resources management in the Gulf of Guinea. After listening to experiences from those working with communities and others, the representatives of regional and sub-regional organisations will enlighten us on the mechanisms provided by their institutions to address the issues raised in the previous sessions.

12.15 - 13.30:

Advocacy and Partnerships models for protecting the rights of communities and citizens with respect to natural resources management in Gulf of Guinea countries Moderated by Agnes Ebo o
Citizens Governance Initiatives/GGCN,
Yaounde, Cameroon.

14.30 - 16.00:
Understanding the LNG Industry and Energy Security in the Gulf of Guinea:
Asume Isaac Osuoka
Executif Director,
Social Action

We examine the patterns of exploitation of energy resources principally for export purposes in the face of limited access at the national level in African countries. This will constitute the basis for national and sub-regional advocacy for improved local energy access in concerned Gulf of Guinea countries.

16.00 - 17.30: Whose land and whose resources is it anyway?
ADRA (TBC)
Angola
Other ADRA (TBC)

We look at the persistent trend in land and border disputes in Africa, and how the presence of natural resources affects land distribution in the Gulf of Guinea issues will include land distribution at the national level, maritime boundaries delimitation and the new land grabbing by foreign powers for large agricultural investments.