ACCORD Executive Director participates in first Constitutive Meeting of the SADC Mediation Reference Group
14 May 2015
Members of the MRG, together with SADC Secretariat staff at the meeting
Members of the SADC Mediation Reference Group Invited ACCORD to attend their first meeting since forming one year earlier.
On Thursday 7 May 2015, the SADC Mediation Reference Group (MRG) held their constitutive meeting at Phakalane Golf Estate Hotel Resort, in Gaborone, Botswana. This was the first statutory meeting of the MRG since its members were appointed during the Summit held in Victoria Falls, Republic of Zimbabwe in August 2014.
The MRG is part of the SADC Mediation, Conflict Prevention and Preventive Diplomacy Structure, which also comprises the Panel of Elders (PoE) and the Mediation Support Unit.
Out of the nine MRG members, seven members were in attendance, namely:
Ambassador O Tebape – Botswana;
Ambassador M Leteka – Lesotho;
Mr V Gounden – South Africa;
Honourable A Midzi – Zimbabwe;
Mr G Lassemillante – Mauritius;
Dr L Simão – Mozambique;
Ms O Liwewe – Malawi.
At the meeting, Dr Leonardo Simão was appointed the Chairperson of the MRG, whilst Ms Olivia Mchaju Liwewe was appointed the Deputy Chairperson. In addition to the appointment of office-bearers, the meeting also considered and approved the MRG’s Strategic Plan and Work Plan covering the period 2015 to 2017.
The MRG also had an opportunity to interact with the Executive Secretary, who hosted a dinner in their honour. At the dinner, the Executive Secretary expressed appreciation to the MRG members for availing their time and resources to serve the Region and further affirmed the SADC Secretariat’s readiness to support and assist the MRG in fulfilling their mandate and contributing to regional political stability and peaceful resolution of conflicts. Finally, the ES also used the occasion to hand each MRG member, their letter of appointment to the MRG for a tenure of 4 years.
The next MRG meeting is scheduled for November 2015.
ACCORD is a South Africa-based civil society organisation, working throughout Africa to bring creative African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on the continent.
ACCORD’s primary aim is to influence political developments by bringing conflict resolution, dialogue and institutional development to the forefront as an alternative to armed violence and protracted conflict. ACCORD specialises in conflict management, conflict analysis and conflict prevention. We intervene in conflicts through mediation, negotiation, training, research and conflict analysis.