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- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2015
- West Africa: Ebola Outbreak - Mar 2014
- Sierra Leone: Wild Fires - Jan 2013
- Sierra Leone/Guinea: Cholera Outbreak - Feb 2012
- West/Central Africa: Floods - Jun 2010
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods and Landslides - Aug 2009
- Sierra Leone: Floods - Sep 2007
- West Africa: Floods - Jul 2007
HD background paper July 2009
This article summarises the case for mediators giving greater consideration to the economic dimensions of conflicts - particularly those concerning natural resources. It also looks at some of the ways in which mediators might address this issue.
The recent United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) publication, From Conflict to Peacebuilding - the Role of Natural Resources and the Environment provides some arguments for giving this area greater attention.
Questions of justice and accountability for past crimes can be a central point of contention in peace negotiations. Recent developments in law and practice have not yet resulted in clarity for mediators on the available policy options. Many mediators continue to see this as one of the most difficult issues they grapple with.
There are a number of recent examples where creative work by mediators has resulted in significant agreements to address past crimes, or at least, importantly, avoided any promise of impunity and preserved the possibility of justice in the future.
Introduction and overview
The 1999 peace agreement between the armed opposition and the Government of Sierra Leone received considerable international attention.