Friday, 21.10.2016 - New York, USA

Roundtable on the African Continental Free Trade Agreement and Human Rights

The African Continental Free Trade Area (CFTA) is another envisioned mega-regional economic agreement standing alongside TPP, TTIP, RCEP, and others.

The potential in Africa with its high economic and population growth raises important questions as to its potential effects, its winners and losers, and ways to address these associated concerns. Human Rights Impact Assessments (HRIAs) present an important technology of governance with which such concerns can be meaningfully assessed and gathered insights fed back into the policy process. Therefore, the UN Economic Commission for Africa (ECA), the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights and the Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Geneva office decided in 2015 to run a HRIA of the CFTA which preliminary results were discussed at this event hosted by the Institute for International Law and Justice at the New York University and the Africa Law Association.

Geneva Office

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1202 Geneva

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