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ACCORD Conflict Trends 2013/4

"The United Nations (UN) Global Compact Leaders Summit 2013 was held in New York on 19–20 September, as a precursor to the UN General Assembly meetings. The summit reinforced two important truisms about peace in the 21st century: first, there is a crucial peace– development nexus; and second, the triad of government, civil society and the private sector working with each other, or to complement each other, are positioned as the key actors for securing peace and development...

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ACCORD Conflict Trends 2013/2

"Syria has become the great tragedy of the century – a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history." These words were spoken by António Guterres, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). Guterres stated this following the release of a UNHCR report indicating that the number of refugees in Syria has passed the two million mark, with almost one million of these refugees being children. Alarmingly, this statistic of two million represents a rise of 1.8 million refugees in 12 months, up from 230 671 refugees reported in the preceding 12 months.

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Conflict Trends 2013/2

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2013/2

the international community has progressively realised the importance of gender perspectives in peace processes, not only because of the gendered nature of conflict – which has a differential impact on women and girls, men and boys – but also due to the added value of women’s agency in these processes. As such, an issue that has become pivotal in peacekeeping is that of gender mainstreaming.

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Conflict Trends 2013/1

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2013/1

On 10 February 2013 I travelled to Nairobi, Kenya with my counterparts, the executive directors of the Nairobi Peace Initiative – Africa, the West African Network of Peace and the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict. Our two-day mission was designed to support civil society's call for a violence-free election and post- election environment...

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Conflict Trends 2012/4

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2012/4

As we end this year and ACCORD celebrates its twentieth anniversary, I am sadly reminded of the many lost opportunities we have had over the years to get parties to negotiate early so that lives could be saved and other human injustices averted... The Syrian crisis reminds us that we need renewed commitme

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Conflict Trends 2012/3

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2012/3

Dear Baby Boy Carlson-da Rocha: Welcome to the world! We are all working to make this world a better place for you and millions of other children... you are born into a world rife with challenges but there are many good people working to resolve these so that the world can be a better place for you and other children. I hope that someday you will think about other babies born long after you and will learn from our mistakes and successes. In doing so you too will contribute to making our world better!*

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Conflict Trends 2012/2

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2012/2

The international community is increasingly engaged in complex tasks aimed at providing wider support to societies emerging from conflict. An issue that has become central in such contexts is the protection of civilians under threat. As studies of the protection of civilians in Africa are still in the initial stages, the need exists for further reflection on the central role of such protection within peacekeeping operations in Africa. this training for peace (tfp) Special Issue of Conflict Trends further contributes to this discussion.

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Conflict Trends 2012/1

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2012/1

ACCORD is 20 years old this year. Have we succeeded in our mission? The answer is a resounding YES! Our experience has taught us that Africa's conflicts are complex, multi-faceted social phenomena that require skilled interventions and political will. Our response is therefore not complacency but a renewed determination to examine our efforts, assess our successes and failures, examine our context to understand the nature of the societies we engage with and consequently grasp how these conflicts will manifest themselves. We are fully committed to redoubling our efforts at capacity building and developing new and innovative solutions for our continent and globally. To achieve these goals we embrace a new African consciousness that renders us responsible and accountable for the challenges that our continent faces.

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Conflict Trends 2011/4

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2011/4

The year 2011 will certainly go down in history as a watershed year, dominated by political and economic upheavals and natural disasters. The popular uprisings in North Africa and the Middle East, together with the global protests under the 'Occupy Movement', have once again highlighted the power that ordinary citizens have to bring about change. The recent slogan of the 'Occupy Movement' – that we should all "live simply so that people can simply live" – should be our guiding principle for forging a new social compact between the state, the private sector and civil society, to ensure some measure of equity and prosperity for all the peoples of the world.

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Conflict Trends 2011/3

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2011/3

ACCORD is one of the main actors at the forefront of shaping and supporting both the peacekeeping and peacebuilding fields. It has assisted countries in developing peacebuilding strategies, and has supported the strengthening of peacekeeping missions throughout Africa. ACCORD remains committed to the goal of strengthening the understanding of the nexus between peacekeeping and peacebuilding. This special Issue of Conflict Trends unpacks and provides clarity on some of the key questions and issues related to the peacekeeping-peacebuilding nexus, and how it impacts peacekeeping operations and the larger contexts in which they operate.

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