ACCORD reviews International Civilian Capacity for Peace Operations

The Training for Peace (TfP) Programme at ACCORD, in partnership with the African Union (AU) and United Nations (UN), held a consultation on the Review of Civilian Capacities for Peace Operations in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on 08 December 2010.


At the forefront of this Regional Consultation was Mr Jean-Marie Guéhenno, former Under-Secretary General for Peacekeeping Operations. Mr Guéhenno has been appointed Chair of the Senior Advisory Group for the Review of International Civilian Capacities for Peacebuilding. The Group’s main aim is to improve international response to countries emerging from conflict thorough the use of combining civilian forces at regional, national and international level.

The Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Ambassador Lamamra Ramtane with ACCORD Executive Director Vasu Gounden and Ambassador Tete Antonio, Permanent Observer Mission of the African Union to the United Nations
Dr Mitra Vasisht, Special Secretary (Public Diplomacy), Ministry of External Affairs of India, ACCORD Executive Director Vasu Gounden, Mr Jean-Marie Guehenno, Chair of the Senior Advisory Group, and Commissioner for Peace and Security of the African Union, Ambassador Lamamra Ramtane
Participants at the ‘Regional Meeting on the Review of Civilian Capacities’ collecting ACCORD publications and reading materials at the review meeting

Today’s peace operations involve civilian experts to address a host country’s immediate needs and longer term capacity-development requirements. Member states, regional and sub-regional organizations are important providers of such capacity, one example of this is the Civilian Dimension of the African Standby Force.

The Consultation brought together Senior Level Officials from the UN, AU, African Member States, representatives of the Regional Economic Communities as well as regional training Centres.

The meeting was an opportunity to discuss the needs and challenges of countries and to develop a flexible framework for interaction with a diversified civilian pool of trained civilian from the global south and among women.

Article by:

Gustavo de Carvalho
Senior Researcher on Russia-Africa ties at the African Governance and Diplomacy Programme, SAIIA