On 21 November 2015, during ACCORD's 2015 Africa Peace Award celebration, I made a call for the United Nations (UN) to convene the first ever UN Global Conference on Peace.
The call was made during the presentation of the Africa Peace Award to the African Union Commission (AUC), in recognition of its central role in contributing to peace and promoting development in Africa. The award was made at a gala dinner by the Chairperson of ACCORD, Madame Graça Machel, and received on behalf of the AUC by Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chairperson of the AUC.
The African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD), in partnership with The Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), organised a three-day workshop on 3-5 December 2015, in Bangui, in the Central African Republic (CAR).
In March 2015, the African Union (AU) Peace and Security Department (PSD) finalised the development of the African Standby Capacity (ASC) system, thus paving way for the population of the roster. The ASC has been developed and established to address the rostering and training link dilemma. It represents a joint capability developed and operated by the AU and the Regional Economic Communities/Regional Mechanisms (RECs/RMs) and designed to make the right person available at the right time in the right place. As such, the ASC has become the operational turnkey that provides the AU and the RECs/RMs with the operational means to deliver on the political decisions taken by Member States. As part of the ASC roster development processes, great efforts have been made by the AU and RECs/RMs in detailing their needs more clearly and communicating these needs to training centres. The AU Commission, in close collaboration with the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution on Disputes (ACCORD), as part of the Training for Peace Programme (ACCORD/TfP), coordinated the roundtable which was held from 24-26 November 2015 in Pretoria, South Africa.
Conflicts can be triggered by the impacts of environmental change, and even measures to adapt to climate change need to take the potential for conflict into account. With the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) or Paris Climate Conference underway, the work undertaken by the African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD) underscores the need for outcomes in Paris that take climate related conflict prevention and resolution into account, is of relevance.
Women, men, girls and boys experience different forms of harm and respond differently in situations of armed conflict. ACCORD provides a platform for learning how to respond to these different needs, interests and approaches to ensure that peace processes are inclusive and sustainable. To this end, on 24 - 25 October 2015, ACCORD/TfP attended the orientation workshop and launch of the Board of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Women and Peace Forum (IWPF), in Djibouti, Republic of Djibouti.
The consolidation of peace may not be sustainable in a post-conflict country if the rule of law is not implemented. Supporting the transformation of a justice system in a post-conflict environment is a challenging task requiring unique skills, cultural sensitivity and specialised expertise. As a result, a comprehensive training programme on the rule of law for judicial affairs officers (JAOs) was developed to enhance their substantive knowledge and performance and to encourage greater uniformity and coherence in approaches to strengthening judicial and legal systems throughout peacekeeping operations.
In 2014 the Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was appointed by the SADC Summit to serve on the SADC Mediation Reference Group. On 09-11 December 2015 Mr Gounden participated in the Regional Mediation Training Curriculum Validation Workshop and Second Statutory Meeting of the SADC Mediation Reference Group.
2015 marks an important year for the women and peace and security agenda. In 2015 the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action celebrated its 20th anniversary and the adoption of UN Security Council resolution 1325 (2000) on "women and peace and security" observed its 15th anniversary. These documents recognised for the first time the disproportionate and unique impact of armed conflict on women as well as, in particular, their important role as active agents of change in the promotion and maintenance of peace and security. Although numerous challenges still remain, essential progress is being made.
ACCORD together with the Department of Peace and Conflict Research, based at Uppsala University and Indevelop, a Swedish consultancy working for sustainable social development, has for the last 18 months been undertaking a International Training Programme on Peace and Security in Africa.
Realising Africa's collective commitments towards promoting gender-equal societies remains amongst the most urgent, immediate and long term priorities for the continent. The pervasive human rights, socio-economic, health, and political inequalities that continue to manifest and disproportionately impact women and girls impede the continent's efforts to achieve transformative and sustainable economic development. The African Union (AU) declared 2015 the Year of Women's Empowerment in acknowledgement of the increasing role women are playing in Africa's development. At the invitation of the AU Peace and Security Council (PSC), ACCORD/TfP attended the Open Session of the Peace and Security Council Meeting on the Commemoration of the 15th Anniversary of UNSC Resolution 1325.
Silencing the guns by 2020, as encapsulated in Africa's Agenda 2063, remains a priority for Africa – a priority that requires the concerted effort of all stakeholders. The Pan-African Network of the Wise (PanWise) which encompass African mediators and mediation institutions at the continental, national and local levels is envisioned to play key roles in attaining wholesale peace in Africa including the promotion of a culture of peace in the continent. The PanWise serves as Africa's network of institutions, mechanisms and actors for preventive action, mediation and conflict transformation, established in accordance with the Decision of the Assembly of the African Union in May 2013. The key institutional drivers of PanWise are the AU Panel of the Wise and similar mechanisms at regional level.
- 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
- ACCORD supports Launch of Historians Without Borders
- ACCORD undertakes field research in Somalia
- ACCORD/TfP attends the 21st Annual Conference of the IAPTC
- ACCORD builds capacity to increase trainers in conflict sensitivity in South Sudan
- ACCORD/TfP strengthens the UN Secretary-General’s initiative for attracting and retaining senior female leaders in peacekeeping operations
- ACCORD/TFP attends the 13th African PPeace Support Trainers' Association annual general meeting and conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
- ACCORD's Executive Director participates in AWEPA Seminar at Belgian Parliament on violence and extremism
- Madame Graça Machel hosts ACCORD luncheon on SDGs and their impact on Peace and Security
- ACCORD Builds Sustainable National Capacity to Conduct a Nation-wide Conflict Mapping Exercise in Liberia
- THE ACCORD GREAT LAKES PROJECT CONSOLIDATES ITS EFFORTS ON GENDER, PEACE AND SECURITY IN FOLLOWING UP ON THE USE OF APPLIED SKILLS BY WOMEN PEACEBUILDERS AS A RESULT OF CAPACITY BUILDING TRAININGS AND CONSULTATIONS
- ACCORD's Executive Director participates in German Federal Foreign Office’s Mediation Expert Meeting