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Abidjan, 21 September 2018. Representatives of ECOWAS Member States’ institutions, in conjunction with disaster and climate resilience building stakeholders, have urged for a modernization of hydromet and disaster risk management services in West Africa.
Abuja, 18th September 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) along with regional and international organizations, have reiterated their commitment to addressing challenges such as terrorism, climate change, poverty, food insecurity and illicit trafficking in the Sahel region by harmonizing their approaches and improving coordination in the implementation of their strategies.
This was the major recommendation of a high level meeting of regional organizations on the Sahel which held in Abuja, Nigeria on 18th September, 2018.
Le 18 septembre 2018, s’est tenue à Abuja, au Nigéria, une réunion de haut niveau entre les organisations régionales, co-présidée par le Commissaire en charge des affaires politiques, la paix et la sécurité de la Commission économique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest, Général Francis Behanzin, représentant du Président, le Haut représentant de l’Union africaine pour le Mali et le Sahel, M. Pierre Buyoya, et le Représentant spécial du Secrétaire général des Nations Unies pour l’Afrique et l’Ouest et le Sahel, M. Mohamed Ibn Chambas.
The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the United Nations Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) are collaborating to scale up the level of response to humanitarian and emergency situations in the region.
To this end, a five-Day Emergency Management Training (EMT) Commenced at the Martin Luther Agwai International Leadership and Peacekeeping Centre, (MLAILPKC), Jaji, Kaduna state, Nigeria on the 27th of August 2018, to build the capacity of Member States and officials charged with the provision of response to humanitarian crisis.
Depuis 2001, le Comité International de la Croix-Rouge (CICR) et la Commission de la Communauté économique des Etats d'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO) travaillent conjointement à la mise en œuvre du Droit International Humanitaire (DIH) dans les États membres de la CEDEAO.
Since 2001, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Commission have collaborated on implementation of International Humanitarian Law (IHL) in ECOWAS Member States.
While promoting key IHL treaties, and providing technical support for their implementation within Member States, the ICRC has worked with ECOWAS to create a platform for participants and experts from ECOWAS Member States to network and exchange views and experiences on contemporary IHL issues of concern.
Abuja, 8th August, 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) in Abuja, Nigeria on Wednesday, 8th May 2018 signed an Aide Memoire with the German Development Bank (KfW) and the German Development Agency (GIZ) on behalf of the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for the establishment of Ten and Five Million EUROs ECOWAS Regional Stabilization Fund respectively.
Abuja, 24th July 2018. The Vice President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS), Madam Finda Koroma has proposed that a Memorandum of Understanding between the ECOWAS Commission and the G5 Sahel be signed in the areas of Capacity building, Community Development and Early Warning in order to ensure peace and security in the region.
Abuja 20th of July 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West Africa States (ECOWAS) has urged the State of Israel to support its new vision of agricultural development, the empowerment of women and youth as well as environmental sustainability.
Abuja, 7th May 2018. The Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and the Folke Bernadotte Academy (FBA), a Swedish agency for peace, security and development have taken further steps to ensure gender equality in the region as well as increase the involvement of women in peace and security processes as stipulated by the United Nations (UN) resolution 1325.
Subject to further amendments as maybe necessary, participants at the consultative workshop which ended in Lagos, Nigeria on the 26th of April 2018, have adopted the draft 2018-2020 ECOWAS Conflict Prevention Framework (ECPF) Plans of Action (PoA).
(Dakar, 14 avril 2018) Le Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies aux droits de l'Homme-Bureau Régional pour l’Afrique de l’Ouest (HCDH-BRAO), le Bureau des Nations Unies pour l'Afrique de l'Ouest et le Sahel (UNOWAS), la Communauté économique des États de l'Afrique de l'Ouest (CEDEAO), en collaboration avec le Réseau des Institutions Nationales des Droits de l'Homme d’Afrique de l'Ouest, ont organisé du 12 au 14 avril à Dakar, les consultations régionales rassemblant les Institutions Nationales des Droits de l’Homme de l’Afrique de l’Ouest et du Sahel.
Abuja 9th November 2017. The President of the Commission of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Marcel de Souza has charged the government of China on the need to continuously support the regional efforts towards ensuring a peaceful and stable West Africa.
Abuja, 3rd November 2017. The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) have resolved to extend the ECOWAS International Humanitarian Law (IHL) plan of action which is anchored within its Humanitarian policy to 2018.
This would enable ECOWAS and the ICRC initiate and complete a review of the implementation of the current plan with a view to validate it within 2018 in order for it to be adopted by the ECOWAS Statutory bodies.
Niamey, 5 October 2017. First Ladies of the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) have affirmed their resolve to eliminate obstetric fistula, female genital mutilation, as well as gender-, female- and youth-based violence.
The commitment was made at the end of their forum held in Niamey, Niger on 5 October 2017.
Abuja, September 20th 2017. Personnel of ECOWAS Standby Force (ESF) and the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) as well as officials from their respective Commissions are sharing experiences on civil-military coordination with a view to improving the level of collective response to the challenges of peace and security on the continent.
Abuja 12 September 2017. The ECOWAS Commission’s Commissioner of Political Affairs, Peace and Security Mrs. Halima Ahmed on behalf of the ECOWAS Commission’s President, Marcel de Souza, opened a 2 day Conference on Leveraging the Power of the Private Sector on Conflict Resolution in West Africa on the 12th September, 2017 in at Abuja, Nigeria.
“Our goal here is to examine opportunities and mechanisms to better understand the role of the private sector in conflict prevention and management across the region” she said while declaring the conference opened.
Abuja 1st August 2017. ECOWAS in collaboration with her partners, is stepping up efforts at curbing irregular migration as well as the management of the external borders of West Africa.
Lomé, le 21 juillet 2017. Le ministre togolais des Affaires étrangères et de la Coopération régionale, et président du Conseil des ministres de la Communauté économique des Etats de l’Afrique de l’Ouest (Cedeao), Robert Dussey, et le président de la Commission de cette Communauté, Marcel de Souza, ont magnifié les succès de l’Agence régionale pour l’agriculture et l’alimentation (ARAA), dans la mise en œuvre de la politique agricole régionale.
Abuja, 15th July, 2017. The ECOWAS Commission is strengthening its interventions capacity through the validation of a set of guidelines which will increase the professionalization of its mediation process.
The ECOWAS Mediation Guidelines (EMG), which are in accordance with the Community’s legal and normative framework, were validated during a two-day workshop of experts and partners on the 13th and 14th of July 2017, at the ECOWAS Commission Abuja, Nigeria.