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Strengthening the role of African women in preventive diplomacy and mediation.
Promoting women’s effective participation in conflict mediation and addressing their specific needs in peacemaking efforts is key to sustainable peace. In seeking to contribute to this, ACCORD participated in the Network of African Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa) first induction training on preventive diplomacy and mediation organised by the African Union (AU) from 21-22 June 2018 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
By Irene Limo
Exploring the role of mediation support actors in the implementation of the peace agreements.
The second in a series of preparatory meetings culminating in the conduct of a Command Post Exercise in Salima, Malawi.
Strengthening the engagement of women in mediation and promoting cross border cooperation.
The African Union (AU), in collaboration with ACCORD convened the first General Assembly of the Pan-African Network of Women in Conflict Prevention and Mediation (FemWise-Africa). This meeting took place from 13-14 December 2017 in Constantine, Algeria. The meeting comprised of institutional as well as thematic discussions on mediation and cross border cooperation.
Efforts at shifting the continent towards decolonial peace
BY SIPHAMANDLA ZONDI
BY AFENO SUPER ODOMOVO DAVID UDOFIA
The last year has seen significant global challenges, including an unprecedented level of humanitarian need, rising inequality and exclusion, growing climate change impacts, and increasing threats to our shared security. Nevertheless, the international community has taken important steps in addressing these challenges by implementing the recent bold commitments to foster sustainable peace.
Strengthening prevention and response to sexual and gender based violence and enhancing gender mainstreaming in peace missions.
Strengthening mediation support capacity in the field through policy and practice.
Royal Norwegian Government supports ACCORD’s 2017-2021 strategy.
On 21–22 October 2015, the African Union (AU), in collaboration with the Government of Namibia, hosted the Sixth AU High-level Retreat of Special Envoys and Mediators on the Promotion of Peace, Security and Stability in Africa in Windhoek, Namibia.
By Kitenge Fabrice Tunda
UN Civil Military Coordination actors participate in discussion on the evolving causes and characteristics of conflicts.
By Lamie Sallay
The Great Lakes Region highlights the interconnected nature of conflict. This is particularly true for the four focus countries of the Great Lakes Project (GLP), namely Burundi, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Uganda. This interconnectedness forms the basis of the GLP’s regional approach.
The African Union (AU) and AU member states have repeatedly demonstrated their political will to respond and resolve emerging threats, crisis and insecurity on the continent by mandating peace support operations missions and deploying personnel to support these missions. This is reflected in the commitment of the African Troop Contributing Countries (TCC) and Police Contributing Countries (PCC) who have been the first responders to conflicts and crises in Africa.
Civilian capacity for peace operations has often been a gap and challenge in the effective functioning of the African Standby Force (ASF). The Regional Economic Communities (RECs) and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) have in the recent past deployed missions in their respective regions where they encountered challenges, although registering some successes.
In 2015 the African Union Commission (AUC), and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) finalised the development and subsequently launched the African Standby Capacity (ASC) roster which marked an important milestone. This paved the way for the AU, RECs and RMs to populate the roster with the required civilian capacities for Peace Support Operations. Additionally, the AUC has provided technical assistance and capacity building to the regional Rostering Focal Points through training, to ensure effective and efficient operations of the roster.
BY VASU GOUNDEN
On 21 November 2015, during ACCORD’s 2015 Africa Peace Awards celebration, I made a public call for the United Nations (UN) to convene the first-ever World Conference on Global Peace.
Over the past few months, our television screens and social media feeds have exposed us to the graphic nightmares currently plaguing humanity. Terrorism, violent uprisings and devastating conflicts now afflict several parts of the world, with no corner of our planet seemingly immune to these challenges or their consequences.
ACCORD, UN and IOM release Outcomes Report on Conflict-Induced Migration Expert Group Meeting
BY JOÃO GOMES PORTO & KAPINGA YVETTE NGANDU
The African Union Panel of the Wise has, since its launch in December 2007, become a key component of the African Peace and Security Architecture. Indeed, it is remarkable that in a mere eight years, the Panel has matured into a key conflict prevention and resolution instrument, contributing, through the sheer will and determination of its members, to strengthening the Union's ability to better address the scourge of violence wherever it occurs on our continent.