Conflict Trends 2015/1

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2015/1

"Few could have predicted that the self-immolation of a Tunisian fruit vendor, Mohamed Bouazizi, on 17 December 2010, would become the spark to an unprecedented chain of events; an act responsible for recalibrating the dynamics of state and society in North Africa and beyond. The massive and far-reaching popular protests that followed this singular act spread across the North African countries of Egypt, Libya and Tunisia, while also affecting countries in the Middle East and Arabian Peninsula. These protests, which materialised from each country's respective indifference towards deep-seated socio-economic inequalities and political grievances, found expression, common purpose and momentum in the near-simultaneous actions and movement of millions of people across the region.....

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Conflict Trends 2014/3

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2014/3

"The abduction of over 250 young schoolgirls from Chibok, Borno State in Nigeria this past April, and the killing of Yazidi men and the abduction of their women and children in August this year, sent shockwaves throughout the world. Viewed in isolation, these reprehensible acts stand out for their symbolism and magnitude, as well as for the swift and universal condemnation towards previously barely known groups, such as Boko Haram and the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Viewed within the context of current conflict dynamics throughout Africa, the Middle East and south-west Asia, however, the Chibok abductions and Yazidi killings and kidnappings constitute perhaps the most glaring evidence that we are once again transitioning to asymmetrical conflict and warfare....

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Conflict Trends 2014/2

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2014/2

"The holistic approach to managing conflict in post- conflict environments, as reflected in the contribution of multidimensional peacekeeping operations, ensures that peace and security activities are aligned with political, governance, democratisation and socio-economic development objectives to address the larger development agenda, and thus also the root causes of conflict. The holistic approach also involves a myriad of actors in the mission (military, police and civilians), and besides the peacekeeping operation, includes state and non-state actors, both local and international – such as non-governmental organisations and the humanitarian community...

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Conflict Trends 2014/1

ACCORD Conflict Trends 2014/1

"Last year, the African Union (AU) celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding as the Organisation of African Unity, at the 2013 AU Summit. Our continent’s leaders took a crucial decision that Africa and her people must write their own narratives. True to form, the AU Commission Chairperson, Dr Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, has taken the lead and written an ‘email from the future’, highlighting her vision of a united, prosperous and peaceful continent in 2063. This vision, buttressed by continent-wide economic integration, large-scale infrastructure development and an ‘African Renaissance’ in areas of education, energy, health and trade, paints an optimistic and tangible expression of our continent’s future...

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Conflict Trends 2013/4

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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Conflict Trends 2013/3

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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