On Thursday, 26 April and Friday 27 April ACCORD hosted separate visits from parties from both sides to the conflict in Sri Lanka.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited by the National Committee for International Cooperation and Sustainable Development (NCDO), who are based in Amsterdam, to be a resource person at the Dutch Africa Day, which was held on 14 April in The Hague.
On Sunday, 22 April, a delegation from the South Africa Police Services, lead by the Deputy National Commissioner of Police, Ms Mala Singh, along with representatives from the Swedish Police Services and a representative from the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria, visited ACCORD House where they met with the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Mr. Vasu Gounden.
ACCORD, in partnership with the Canadian High Commission in South Africa and the South African Department of Foreign Affairs, will host a one day roundtable discussion on “The relationship between the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and Regional Organisations, in particular the Africa Union, in the maintenance of international peace and security”.
On Thursday, 5 April, the US Ambassador to South Africa, H.E. Ambassador Eric Bost, and his wife, Dr. Rose Mary Brownridge-Bost, along with the US Consul General in Durban, Mr. Eugene Young, visited ACCORD House. ACCORD’s programme staff had the opportunity to engage in discussions with the Ambassador on a number of issues pertaining to Africa in general, and southern Africa in particular, as well as issues related to ACCORD’s work in general.
The US Government, through USAID, has been one of ACCORD’s larger donors since 1993. The funds that ACCORD has received from USAID has focused mainly on assisting ACCORD, as an organization, in its capacity building.
The Ambassador was welcomed to ACCORD by the Founder and Executive Director, Mr. Vasu Gounden.
L-R US Consul General, Mr. Eugene Young; ACCORD Founder and Executive Director, Mr. Vasu Gounden, H.E. Ambassador Eric Bost and Dr. Rose Mary Brownridge-Bost
H.E. Ambassador Eric Bost along with Mr. Vasu Gounden and Mr. Deva Govindsamy, Public Affairs Specialist, US Consulate, Durban. Seated with their backs to the camera: Dr Rose Mary Brownridge-Bost, Mr Eugene Young, US Consul General, Durban and Ms Amy Patel, US Consulate, Durban
From 22 -23 February Vasu Gounden, the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, participated in a scenarios workshop hosted by the South African Presidency.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited to attend the ANC’s International Relations Subcommittee Sectoral Workshop, which was held in Tshwane on 20 and 21 April.
On 19 April, the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was invited by the Swedish Embassy in Pretoria to present at a one-day planning seminar on broader cooperation between South Africa and Sweden, in Gauteng. Since the end of the 1990’s South Africa and Sweden have been developing a broader cooperation based on mutual interests and shared responsibilities in a number of areas and sectors.
The Canadian High Commissioner to South Africa, Ms Ruth Archibald, along with Mr. Andras Vamos-Goldman, Political Councilor at the Canadian High Commission in Pretoria, visited ACCORD House on Tuesday, 10 April. This was the first visit to ACCORD by High Commissioner Archibald.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, has been invited to participate in the South African Department of Foreign Affairs Training Institute’s seminar on “Modern Diplomatic Practice: Challenges of Curriculum Development & Teaching”.
On 26 February Vasu Gounden, the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, has been invited to address the annual gathering of the Catholic Relief Services (CRS) Regional Technical Advisors for peace building. Every year the CRS’ peace building regional technical advisors meet to share experiences, to analyse trends in the field of peace building, to explore new approaches and tools, and to improve their own internal communication and collaboration.
- Gounden to speak at Sub Saharan African Policy & Defence Relations Seminar
- Gounden gives South perspective on Swedish Policy for Global Development
- Gounden to visit US
- Sunset on the Jordan Valley
- Gounden in Amman to speak at UN International Leadership Institute
- ACCORD wins Tombouctou Award
- Black intelligencia at the Natives Club
- Gounden attends Sri Lankan peace seminar
- Gounden visits Sweden, Iceland & Norway
- Iraqis in SA to look at justice and reconciliation
- Gounden speaks in Sri Lanka
- Progressive Governance Summit
- Gounden in Jordan and Oman
- ACCORD consultation visit to Somalia
- Gounden to address UN on cooperation with African regional organisations