The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in collaboration with the United Nations Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA), the African Union (AU) and International Organization for Migration (IOM) is pleased to release an Outcomes Report of the High-Level Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on the theme, 'Conflict-Induced Migration in Africa: Maximising New Opportunities to Address its Peace, Security and Inclusive Development Dimensions', held in Durban, South Africa, on 23 and 24 November 2015. The EGM also benefitted from inputs from the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, and United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.
On Wednesday 10 February 2016, Mr Vasu Gounden, Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, delivered a presentation to a Strategic Planning Workshop of the South African Parliamentary Portfolio Committee (PPC) on International Relations and Cooperation. This annual workshop convenes the PPC, senior officials from DIRCO and resource persons on international relations from across the country in order to provide strategic input, highlight key trends in the field and areas for which the PPC should extend oversight specifically.
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On 19 January 2016 the Executive Director of ACCORD, Mr Vasu Gounden, attended a meeting with H.E. Nkoane Mashabane, the South African Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, along with the other members of the South African Council on International Relations (SACOIR). The meeting with the Minister was to present an overview of SACOIR's activities since its establishment.
Understanding the gendered dimension of conflict is essential if peacekeeping and peacebuilding operations are to succeed in the long-term. Gender mainstreaming in peacekeeping environments involves identifying the various impacts of conflict on the lives of women and men and on that basis proposing practical solutions to respond to the specific rights and needs of all. To achieve this grand objective, there is a need for consultative and collaborative approaches among the different mission components and the gender docket in the mission. This will integrate gender in planning and executing the mission mandate.
Senior military and police officers from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) completed a three-day course on Mediation, Coordination and Humanitarian intervention conducted by ACCORD/TfP held from 2-4 November 2015 in Mogadishu, Somalia. This initiative is part of ACCORD's continued engagement with AMISOM on conflict management and protection of civilians. The senior AMISOM military and police officers were drawn from Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs).
To contribute towards the agenda of the AU Summit and influence the decision making process of member states, women's rights and gender equality advocates have for a number of years held meetings prior to each summit. The meetings seek to ensure issues of women's rights and gender equality are prioritised. The recent 26th AU summit held in late January 2016 was no exception.
Social cohesion is a key variable in the recovery of countries from violence and/or conflict. Such countries face the often simultaneous challenges of nation-building, reconciliation, social engineering and achieving justice and reconciliation. In this vein, ACCORD was pleased to publish a special edition of the African Journal of Conflict Resolution (AJCR), focusing on the theme 'Social cohesion in post-conflict societies', and with a foreword by guest editors professors Cheryl Potgieter and Paulus Zulu.
ACCORD is honoured to have contributed to the publication of a book celebrating the remarkable public life of Dr. Salim Ahmed Salim which includes service as the United Republic of Tanzania's youngest ambassador, to his three terms as Secretary-General of the Organisation of African Unity and subsequent Chairperson of the African Union Panel of the Wise.
In light of the progress made by African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) in 2014, and cognisant of the changing situation in Somalia, a number of activities have been conducted in AMISOM, as directed by the African Union Commission (AUC) and the United Nations (UN) Secretariat. Among these activities was the request made by the AU Peace and Security Council to undertake, in close coordination with the UN Secretariat, a joint review of AMISOM and especially the implementation of the 2014 Revised AMISOM Concept of Operations (CONOPS), with a view to enhancing the planning and effectiveness of the joint Somali National Army (SNA) and AMISOM operations.
In June 2015, the African Union Commission (AUC), and Regional Economic Communities (RECs), and Regional Mechanisms (RMs) finalised and subsequently launched the African Standby Capacity (ASC) roster which marked an important milestone in support of AU peace operations. This paved way for the AU, RECs and RMs to populate the roster with the required civilian capacities for Peace Support Operations. Additionally, the AUC offered to support the regions by providing further technical assistance and capacity building to the regional Rostering Focal Points through training, to ensure effective and efficient operations of the roster. The AUC in collaboration with the ACCORD/TfP met with the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS) Civilian Planning Element from 16 – 20 November 2015 in Libreville, Gabon. This was a follow up and coordination meeting, to provide technical assistance through coaching and coordination.
- ACCORD calls for first ever global conference on peace
- ACCORD facilitates a workshop for women leaders in Central African Republic on mediation and negotiation
- Vasu Gounden appointed to serve on the SADC Mediation Reference Group
- ACCORD/TfP co-hosts the African Standby Capacity (ASC) Rostering and Training Linkage Roundtable
- Consolidating the gender, peace and security agenda in the Southern African region
- Climate and conflict – recent work by ACCORD
- ACCORD hosts Fifth International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa
- ACCORD/TfP supports the launch of the IGAD Woman and Peace Forum Board
- ACCORD/TfP joins the AU Peace and Security Council Session commemorating fifteen years of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325
- ACCORD/TfP attends the United Nations Rule of Law training for judicial affairs officers
- ACCORD and the African Union convene the Third Retreat of the Pan-African Network of the Wise
- ACCORD participates in the Amani Africa II field training exercise
- ACCORD Partners with the UN Peacebuilding Fund to Enhance the Inclusivity and Accountability of UN Peacebuilding Fund Support
- ACCORD Supports Peace Consolidation in Liberia by Developing Conflict Mapping Tools and Data Analysis Skills for a Nationwide Conflict Assessment
- ACCORD hosts High Level Experts Group Meeting on conflict-induced migration in Africa
- The AUC receives 2015 Africa Peace Award
- ACCORD’S Weeks of Peace, 16 – 27 November 2015
- ACCORD and UN peacebuilding support office host global workshop on inclusivity and accountability in peacebuilding
- ACCORD congratulates Judge Navi Pillay on receiving 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Peace and Reconciliation Award
- Mediation is crucial to African Union efforts on terrorism and armed groups in Africa