The AUC receives 2015 Africa Peace Award

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The Africa we want is one of Unity, Prosperity, and Peace. This vision is supported and facilitated by the work of the AUC, bringing African solutions to African challenges

On Saturday 21 November, the 2015 Africa Peace Award was presented to the African Union Commission (AUC) in recognition of over fifty years of securing peace on the continent and advancing her socio-economic development. Ms Graça Machel, the Chairperson of ACCORD's Board of Trustees presented the Africa Peace Award to the AUC. Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, the Chairperson of the AUC, received the award on behalf of the organisation at a gala dinner in Durban, South Africa, at the same venue that witnessed the African Union's inaugural summit in 2002. The programme included congratulatory speeches by H.E. President Jacob Zuma and the Premier of KwaZulu-Natal, Senzo Mchunu. The event was attended by close to 800 guests from across society. At the event ACCORD made a call for the United Nations to convene a Global Conference on Peace, and announced its intention to assemble a multi-disciplinary gathering of experts from around the world to prepare for the global conference.


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The African Union (AU)'s Agenda 2063, initiated in January 2014, is a vision and clarion call for the continental organisation fifty years after its inception. Rededicating itself to its long-cherished Pan African aspirations, the AU commits itself to forging "an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena" by 2063.

ACCORD congratulates Judge Navi Pillay on receiving 2015 Mahatma Gandhi Peace and Reconciliation Award

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In 2014 Madame Graca Machel accepted the Mahatma Gandhi Peace and Reconciliation Award on behalf of the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in recognition of its 22 years of work in promoting peace and the constructive resolution of disputes globally. The 2015 recipient is Judge Navi Pillay, former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014. ACCORD warmly congratulates Judge Pillay on her award.

ACCORD supports Launch of Historians Without Borders

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Stakeholders in contested situations sometimes seek to maintain historical myths or stereotypical common perceptions of the 'enemy' in order to legitimise and drive agendas. There are significant consequences and costs associated with this abuse of history for political gain. In this regard, rigorous and objective historical research and analysis by historians and other relevant social scientists and academics could play a critical role in contributing to the advancement of the theory and practice of conflict prevention, resolution and post-crisis management.

ACCORD/TfP attends the 21st Annual Conference of the IAPTC

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As the current civilian chair of the International Association of Peacekeeping Training Centres (IAPTC) Executive Committee, the Training for Peace (TfP) Programme at ACCORD participated in the 21st Annual Conference of the IAPTC. The Conference was organised by the Brazilian Peace Operations Joint Training Centre, with the support of Brazil's Ministry of Defence and the Brazilian Army and hosted by the Centro Conjunto de Operações de Paz do Brasil (CCOPAB) from 28 September – 1 October 2015, in Brasilia, Brazil. The theme for the Conference was "Enhancing the Effectiveness of Training through Partnerships, Integration and Evaluation". The Conference provided a platform for ACCORD/TfP to promote key issues on African peace operations and to broaden the understanding of the civilian dimension of peace operations within the international peacekeeping training community.

ACCORD/TfP strengthens the UN Secretary-General’s initiative for attracting and retaining senior female leaders in peacekeeping operations

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There is a long standing moral imperative that the United Nations (UN), as an advocate and leader in efforts to improve the status of the world's women, must first set the example by addressing the status of women within its own operations. The UN seeks to bridge the gender gap in Peace Operations through initiatives like the UN Senior Women Talent Pipeline Project (SWTP) established by the UN Secretary-General. The initiative, which ACCORD supports as part of engagement in implementing UN Security Council 1325, ensures a more systemic and consolidated approach to targeted candidates through outreach programmes. By so doing the UN aims at building a talent pipeline of qualified women who are willing to be mobile and ready to serve in difficult missions. The Initiative reflects the UN's commitment to devoting more resources to a clear talent management strategy in peacekeeping.


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Long-term and multiple efforts to support post-conflict reconstruction and development in countries emerging from conflict require a coordinated, and coherent approach from a wide range of global stakeholders: ACCORD remains at the forefront of strengthening such efforts at a national, continental and global peacebuilding levels.

Mediation is crucial to African Union efforts on terrorism and armed groups in Africa

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Globally the nature and perception of terrorism and extremism have evolved over time. The current evolution in international counter-terrorism policies is a shift away from a militarised strategy. African engagement in these debates is essential, based on its distinctive experience over many decades in dealing with armed conflicts and violent extremism, and informed by African and multilateral efforts to address these problems on the continent.

ACCORD undertakes field research in Somalia

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As security threats in Somalia perpetuate, and its government celebrates gains made in recapturing ungovernable territory previously under al-Shabaab, the number of external actors supporting the Federal Government of Somalia is surging. The diversity of these stakeholders − ranging from traditional peacebuilding actors such as the World Bank, United States of America, United Kingdom and African Union; to new partners such as Chad, Ethiopia, Kenya, South Africa, South Sudan and Turkey − begs for a closer examination of the role and respective approaches being used by these institutions and countries in supporting efforts to rebuild Somalia.

ACCORD builds capacity to increase trainers in conflict sensitivity in South Sudan

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Building the pool of experts on conflict sensitivity in South Sudan will go a long way towards consolidating capacities for designing conflict-sensitive peacebuilding programmes for the country. In order to achieve this, ACCORD's African Peacebuilding Coordination Programme (APCP) conducted a Training of Trainers (ToT) course for 22 personnel from the International Organisation for Migration (IOM) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) on Conflict Sensitive Approaches to Development, Peacebuilding and Humanitarian Assistance in Juba, South Sudan from 6-8 October 2015. The main aim of the training was to consolidate the practitioners' capacity in designing and conducting trainings on conflict sensitivity for their own staff and other relevant target audiences or constituents, thereby increasing the number of practitioners that are competent in mainstreaming conflict sensitivity into their organisational policies and practice.


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The African Peace Support Trainers' Association (APSTA) is a networking forum for the African peacekeeping training community, providing the African Union (AU) with multidimensional expertise on civilian, military and police dimensions from its pool of member institutions. The broad aim of the Association is to facilitate the development of African capacity for peace and security through coordination, advocacy, harmonisation and standardisation of training. As a member institution of APSTA, the Training for Peace in Africa Programme at ACCORD (ACCORD/TfP) participated in the 13th Annual General Meeting and conference themed " Beyond 2015: Enhancing Sustainable African Peace Support Operations (PSO) Capacities Through Effective Training, Research and Partnerships".

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