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ACCORD calls for first ever global conference on peace

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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.

ACCORD/TfP co-hosts the African Standby Capacity (ASC) Rostering and Training Linkage Roundtable

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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.

Climate and conflict – recent work by ACCORD

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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.

ACCORD/TfP supports the launch of the IGAD Woman and Peace Forum Board

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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.

ACCORD/TfP attends the United Nations Rule of Law training for judicial affairs officers

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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.

Consolidating the gender, peace and security agenda in the Southern African region

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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/TfP joins the AU Peace and Security Council Session commemorating fifteen years of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325

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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.

ACCORD and the African Union convene the Third Retreat of the Pan-African Network of the Wise

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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.

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