Secretary-General António Guterres (facing camera, left) meets with women community representatives in Bangui (UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe)
Seeking to expand ACCORD’s presence in the Central African Republic to provide meaningful support to the country’s peace process.
The peace process in the Central African Republic (CAR) has progressed in recent months with the support of stakeholders such as the African Union (AU), European Union (EU) and other stakeholders. While the situation on the ground in CAR remains challenging and is characterized by continual threats to security, small gains in the peace process is presenting the greatest opportunity to resolve the crisis that has persisted since 2012.
In the face of the realities in CAR, persistence is required above all to build on the gains that have been made and by those who are committed to bringing a peaceful end to the conflict.
ACCORD, through the European Resource for Mediation Support II (ERMES) project, has sought to provide meaningful support to the process through the technical and strategic guidance of Ambassador Sebastien Ntahuga in his capacity as Senior Advisor to the Presidency and Government of CAR. Under the guidance and direction of Ambassador Ntahuga, ACCORD will expand its operations in CAR to an 18-month intervention project funded by the European Union and its Instrument Contributing to Stability and Peace (IcSP).
On 1 October 2018, ACCORD opened its office in Bangui, the CAR capital. ACCORD, with it 25 years of expertise in negotiations and mediations, will provide vital support to the CAR peace process through the provision of technical and strategic advice and Capacity and Confidence Building to the CAR Government’s Negotiation Team, the African Initiative for Peace and Reconciliation, and to key stakeholders through training, inter and intra-party exchange activities.