ACCORD undertook a five-day field research mission to Mogadishu, Somalia, from 17-25 of January, to consult with a variety of role players in Somalia in response to invitations to contribute to the transition in that country. Meetings were held with members of both the transitional government and civil society based in Mogadishu.
The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme Advisor and Senior Programme Officer will participate in the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) Policy Development Workshop. The workshop, co-hosted by the Kofi Annan International Peace Training Center (KAIPTC), will be held from 8-10 February 2006 in Accra, Ghana under the auspices of the TfP Programme.
Ms. ‘Kemi Ogunsanya, with the Elections and Conflict Management Programme at ACCORD, attended the Electoral Code of Conduct and Peace Pledge signing Ceremony of Municipal Electoral Officers (MEOs) and political parties contesting the Local Government Elections in the Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, is currently in New York where he will address the United Nations (UN) for the third time within six months today.
The Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict will be holding the Southern Africa Regional Steering Group Meeting (RSG): “Civil Society & Government Partnerships in Conflict Prevention: Perspectives from Southern Africa” which will be held at the Burgers Park Hotel in Pretoria, South Africa on the 11&12 May 2006.
Col (ret) SD Siyaya, Senior Programme Officer with ACCORD’s African Civil-Military Co-ordination (ACMC) Programme, and Lt Col M Tanda from the South African National War College, attended the 54th United Nations Civil-Military Co-operation (UN-CMCoord) course in Kuopio, Finland, from 15-20 January 2006.
The Research Unit at ACCORD will be hosting a Round Table Discussion where Professor T.V. Paul, a distinguished Canadian Scholar, will present preliminary findings from a book he’s currently authoring on the impact of globalization on state security (elaboration below on the theme of the book).
The Founder and Executive Director of ACCORD, Vasu Gounden, was in Burundi from 27-30 November, for a series of meetings with government officials and civil society leaders. On the 30th, Mr Gounden officially opened the Lesson’s Learnt Seminar hosted by ACCORD's Burundi office from 30 November to 2 December in Bujumbura.